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Pop Quiz: Deploying Printer Drivers in Windows 7

Applies to the "Identifying Cause of and Resolving Networking Issues" objective of Exam 70-685: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician.

Q: A company's network engineering team would like to make all network printer drivers available for automatic download and installation on all new Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit PCs added to the network. Adding drivers to the desktop image on the deployment server is not an option.

Which options are available for making network printer drivers available for new Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit PCs added to the network?

  1. Add printer drivers to a network share on the print servers.
  2. Deploy all printer drivers using Group Policy.
  3. Add printer drivers to the Drivers tab using Print server properties.
  4. Add printer drivers to each PC using PnPUtil.exe.

Answer and explanation is below.

Answer is C: Adding all 32-bit and 64-bit printer drivers to the Drivers tab using the Print server properties of the network print server will make them available for automatic download and installation on all new Windows 7 PCs when the printers are mapped to the PCs.

Quick Tip: Using the Print Management from the Windows 7 PCs when connected to Windows Server 2008 R2 print servers will automatically upload any installed architecture-compatible drivers from the client computers to the print server.

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Bonus Question: A Windows 7 PC's network configuration is configured using DHCP but the PC is unable to connect to the Internet. Using Ipconfig a network technician notes the DNS Servers address is not correct for the network. What should the technician check next? (Tweet your answer with #pop685b and get a chance to win a rare MCPmag.com baseball cap! Deadline for entries is Monday, October 22.)

Answer to bonus question from last time: The Netdom command can be used to join a Windows 7 computer to a domain and also reset a trust relationship.

About the Author

Andy Barkl, MCT/MCITP/MCSA, A+, Network+, Security+, CCNA has been studying technology for 30 years. Of the last 15 years, he has spent much of his time parting the knowledge and experience he has gained through IT exams, over 300, to help others be prepared and successful. He teaches classes in Phoenix, Ariz. where he has lived most of his life. He can be reached by e-mail at andy.barkl@gmail.com.

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