How to Deploy Network Printer via Intune

In this article, We will discuss how we can install a network printer and its drivers using Intune. We will use PowerShell to install printer drivers and create a new printer with its network IP.  If you have a printer server installed with a DNS name then we can use a device configuration profile to install the printer which is quite simple and we will discuss this in another post.

 1- Create a folder to keep all Printer drivers and scripts in one place.

Intune Printer

2- Copy Printer drivers in Driver folder, make sure you have .inf file

Printer Intune

3- Open the CMD file and make sure that you have an accurate PowerShell script file name

Intune Printer Batch file

@ECHO OFF

SET ThisScriptsDirectory=%~dp0
SET PowerShellScriptPath=%ThisScriptsDirectory%CannonC355i.ps1
PowerShell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command “& ‘%PowerShellScriptPath%'”

PowerShell for Printer installation

4- Open the PowerShell file and make sure that you have made all changes highlighted in the script.

$PSScriptRoot = Split-Path -Parent -Path $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition
$DriverName = “Canon Generic Plus PCL6
$DriverPath = “$PSScriptRoot\Driver”
$DriverInf = “$PSScriptRoot\Driver\Cnp60MA64.INF
$portName = “10.2.x.x

$checkPortExists = Get-Printerport -Name $portname -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

if (-not $checkPortExists) {

Add-PrinterPort -name $portName -PrinterHostAddress “10.2.x.x
}
cscript “C:\Windows\System32\Printing_Admin_Scripts\en-US\Prndrvr.vbs” -a -m “Canon Generic Plus PCL6” -h $DriverPath -i $PSScriptRoot\Driver\Cnp60MA64.INF
$printDriverExists = Get-PrinterDriver -name $DriverName -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

if ($printDriverExists)
{
Add-Printer -Name “Cannon C355i” -PortName $portName -DriverName $DriverName
}
else
{
Write-Warning “Printer Driver not installed”
}

$DriverName – you can find in .inf file in Driver folder
$DriverInf – This is the filename for the .inf file which contains drivers
$portName & PrinterHost – This is the IP address of the network printer
Add-Printer – This is the name of the Printer which will appear on the PC.

5- Now create an Intune package using Intune Packaging App. (Change source path and destination folder path)

PS C:\IntuneAppsWinAppsUtil> .\IntuneWinAppUtil.exe

Please specify the source folder: C:\PPackage\Canon C355i\Final
Please specify the setup file: CannonC355i.cmd
Please specify the output folder: C:\PPackage\Canon C355i\Final
Do you want to specify catalog folder (Y/N)?N

This will create an Intune package file in the same folder where all other files exist.

Intune Printer deployment

Deploy Printer Using Intune

6- Login to https://endpoint.Microsoft.com and Select Apps

7- Select all Apps and Click to Add. Select App Type to “Windows app (Win32)”

Printer Windows App

8- Select App Package file created in step 5

Printer Intune Package
9- Add app information such as Name & Publisher

Intune Network Printer

10- Specify the commands to install and uninstall this app

Intune Printer Script

11- Select both OS system architecture and minimum OS to Windows 10 1607

Intune App Requirement

12- On detection rule, Select “Manually configure detection rules and Rule type Register”

Intune Printer Detection Rule

Key path is unique to each printer package, the highlighted name should be the same as mentioned in the script. 

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Printers\Cannon C355i

13– Assign to the group you want to deploy printer using Intune.

 

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