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Scripting School: How do I map printers?

Christa Anderson builds on her previous column, which explained the tools you need for automatically connecting to network resources. Here are some scenario-based variations to try and a sample script.

Mapping printers uses methods other than the one for mapping drive locations, but the basic idea is very similar.

To map a network drive, you would use the MapNetworkDrive method to Wsh.Network and supply the drive letter and path to that drive as arguments. To map a printer, use that object's AddWindowsPrinterConnection method and supply the shared printer path as an argument.

Want to make that printer the default? No problem -- first add that printer connection, then use the SetDefaultPrinter method.

Scripting School: More on connecting to network resources

- Introduction

- What happens to all those mapped drives?

- What about location-based mappings?

-  How do I map printers?

- Does Select Case support wildcards?

- How to put the script together

- MapResources sample script

- Summary


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A Terminal Services MVP, Christa Anderson is the strategic technology manager for visionapp She formerly was program manager for the Microsoft Terminal Services team. She is an internationally known authority on scripting, the author of Windows Terminal Services, The Definitive Guide to MetaFrame XP, and co-author of the book Mastering Windows 2003 Server. If you have a scripting question for Christa, please e-mail her at She often uses these emails as fodder for her scripting columns.

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