Add network printers automatically

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Print Management (Printmanagement.msc) can automatically detect all the printers that are located on the same subnet as the computer on which you are running Print Management, install the appropriate printer drivers, set up the queues, and share the printers.

To automatically add network printers to a printer server

  1. Open the Administrative Tools folder, and then double-click Print Management.

  2. In the Printer Management tree, right-click the appropriate server, and then click Add Printer.

  3. On the Printer Installation page of the Network Printer Installation Wizard, click Search the network for printers, and then click Next. If prompted, specify which driver to install for the printer.


To detect network printers on the same subnet as a remote server, use Remote Desktop to log on to the print server, open Print Management and add the network printer.

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