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Changing path of printserver for specific machine from client?


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#1 TsVk!

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Posted 22 June 2016 - 08:02 PM

Hi everyone,

 

Does anyone know how to change the printserver path on a client machine? (not the server)

 

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Posted 22 June 2016 - 08:12 PM

What do you mean? Can't that machine just access the print server directly, install the printer, and print? For example, at work, the client access \\print which lists all the printers currently available on the print server, and install the ones he needs.

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Posted 22 June 2016 - 08:15 PM

I mean I want to change the printserver path for a specific printer on the client.

 

I'm adding a new printserver and want to check from the client side that changing my alias path will work, without potentially hosing the whole company's printing capability.


Edited by TsVk!, 22 June 2016 - 08:18 PM.


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Posted 22 June 2016 - 08:19 PM

How do you install your printers on your client?

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Posted 22 June 2016 - 08:21 PM

With an application my analyst wrote. I already considered changing the path in there and re-installing the device, but that mean the new drivers would be called from the new printserver.

 

That is exactly what I'm trying to avoid.



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Posted 22 June 2016 - 08:24 PM

My plan is just to change the printserver alias, but I need to test it... and the best way I can figure is by changing the server path on the specific devices on a single machine.



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Posted 22 June 2016 - 08:26 PM

Looks like a complicated solution to a simple problem :P Here, maybe this will help you?

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc755141(v=ws.11).aspx

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Posted 22 June 2016 - 08:34 PM

Nah, the old printserver is 2003 and is being deprecated. I've already started installing the new printers on the new server... I just want to test the new system without the possibility of downtime.

 

I'm sure there must be a way to change this in the registry, if there isn't a GUI interface to do it.



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Posted 22 June 2016 - 09:01 PM

I can ask one of my SysAdmins tomorrow at work, though I don't know if he'll know the answer as we might be using a setup different than yours :P

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Posted 22 June 2016 - 09:21 PM

Thanks, it's a pretty curious thing to do I know.

 

If we weren't 24/7 uptime requirement until January I'd just change it after everyone had gone home and then test it. (which would be how it's normally done).... Bah.



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Posted 23 June 2016 - 12:10 PM

Welp, my SysAnalyst took a day off today to start his first week of vacation.

You said that you could modify the path directly in the program your Analyst wrote, right? Can't you check where that program writes the printserver path value from there?

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Posted 23 June 2016 - 05:07 PM

Yeah, I checked that yesterday... It's using system32.exe to add data to printui.dll, not what I'm looking for.

 

I'm thinking now that I'll finish the new configuration and just let it roll. If it breaks I can swap it back at a moments notice, it's only a dns entry.

 

Should have done this last month. :whistle: 






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