Setting default printer

Adam Williams awilliam at
Sat Nov 17 06:44:04 GMT 2001

>I have Samba-2.2.1a acting as a PDC and on WinNT 4.0 SP6a I cannot set the
>printer as default. This is a network printer hosted by the PDC server
>itself. It installed on client machine correclty ("Installation
>succesfully completed"), but I cannot set this printer (which is the only
>one installed on this client machine so far) as default. The Printers
>folder show the printer (HP LJ2100 TN) without small black mark and the
>check mark for "Default printer" in RMB menu is:
>- shown when I'm logged as local Administrator on the client machine
>- not shown when I'm logged as any domain user (even any user belonging to
>the Domain Admins group as written in smb.conf file)
>Such behaviour confuses many applications (like Adobe Acrobat Reader, but
>MSOffice works) which does not allow me to print anything advising to "Set
>the default printer in the Control Panel".

We do the following in a users login script to select a default printer
for them.

rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /y /n "\\barbel\actps"

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