how to install printer and printer driver without admin rights?

Windows Server 2012 R2
Client: Windows 7, Users group

One of users recently moved to Mexico office and our VPN is not ready. He does not connect to our domain, but he logs-in to domain. (Nothing on shared drives and domain is available, but Windows let him log in to domain.)

He wants to install wifi printer to his laptop, however, his office building blocks the access from outside. So, I have no access to his laptop. He is in Users group, so when he tried to install a printer, User Name/Password window popups. Since he does not have an admin rights, he can't install the printer.

Is it possible for him to install the printer without providing User Name/Password for admin? I don't want to include him in Administrator group. Although he logs in to domain, he does not connect to AD. So, my understanding is AD remembers up to the last time he connected to the domain. So, I am not sure updating Group Policy in my office has any effect on this matter, if Group Policy has the option to do it.

Thank you very much in advance.



Is it possible for him to install the printer without providing User Name/Password for admin?

No. See if you can use Logmein or equivalent to access his computer remotely and log in as administrator of that computer to install the printer and driver.



Is it possible for him to install the printer without providing User Name/Password for admin?

No. See if you can use Logmein or equivalent to access his computer remotely and log in as administrator of that computer to install the printer and driver.



If it were a shared printer, he could connect to the print server to add the printer queue to his profile (easiest way is to go the UNC path for the printer in Windows Explorer, such as: \servernameprintername). But, if the driver for the printer isn't installed on that laptop, he'd still have to have admin rights to install the driver.

If that's the case, LogMeIn might be a good option to gain remote access to the computer, as John suggested. Or, you could also use TeamViewer.

There are some group policies that can help, but that would require logging on to the domain to get the new policy, which doesn't sound like an option in this case. See this page for more info about that policy:http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-hardware/install-network-printers-without-local-admin/b21aa72b-5a7f-485d-999e-f844e7d4a550



@kg6lfz - Thanks, and I was happy to help.





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