Managing Printer Drivers

Posted: March 28, 2010 in Active Directory, Printers, Server, System Information
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Problem

You want to add or remove print drivers on a print server.

Solution

Using a graphical-user interface

To add a print driver to a print server, do the following:

  1. Open the Print Management MMC snap-in.

  2. Double-click on the Print Servers node, then the print server that you want to manage.

  3. Right-click on the Drivers node and select Add Driver. Click Next to continue.

  4. On the Processor and Operating System Selection screen, place a checkmark next to the processors and OSes that will be used by your client computers. Click Next to continue.

  5. Select the manufacturer and model of the printer, or click Have Disk to use a manufacturer-supplied print driver.

  6. Click Next and then Finish to add the driver.

To manage existing print drivers, do the following:

  1. Open the Print Management MMC snap-in.

  2. Double-click on the Print Servers node, then the print server that you want to manage.

  3. Right-click on the Drivers node and select Manage Drivers.

  4. To add a new driver, click Add and follow the instructions in the previous section. To delete an installed driver, click Remove. To reinstall a print driver from media, click Re-Install.

  5. Click OK when you’re finished.

Using a command-line interface

To add a printer driver, enter the following:

	> cscript prndrvr.vbs -a -v 3 -e "Windows NT x86"

To delete a printer driver, use the following syntax:

	> cscript prndrvr.vbs d m "<DriverName>" v 3 e "Windows NT x86"

To list the printer drivers that are installed on a print server, use the following:

	> cscript prndrvr.vbs l
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