JSI Tip 5202. How do I retrieve the list of printers available on a print server, using a command?


In tip 1407, I described the Net View command.

If I type net view \\JSI001, it displays:

HP2250       Print                 HP Business Inkjet 2250 PCL 5C
HP2250T1     Print                 HP Business Inkjet 2250 Top Tray
HPOJRx80i    Print                 HP Office Jet Rx80i
...          ...                   ...
NETLOGN      Disk                  Logon server share
SYSVOL       Disk                  Logon Server Share
...          ...                   ...
...          ...                   ...
The command completed successfully.
If you have a many shares, it is difficult to find the printers.

I have scripted ShowPrinters.bat to display the printers only, or to allow you to further process the printer shares.

The syntax for using ShowPrinters.bat is:

ShowPrinters \\PrintServer

The \\ in front of the computer name of the print server is optional.

If I run ShowPrinters \\JSI001, it returns:

\\jsi001\HP2250,HP Business Inkjet 2250 PCL 5C
\\jsi001\HP2250T1,HP Business Inkjet 2250 Top Tray
\\jsi001\HPOJRx80i,HP Office Jet Rx80i
If I wanted to process the list of printers in a batch file, I would script:
for /f "Tokens=1 Delims=," %%i in ('call ShowPrinters \\JSI001') do call :MyLabel "%%i"
which would pass the following to MyLabel:
"\\jsi001\HP2250"
"\\jsi001\HP2250T1"
"\\jsi001\HPOJRx80i"
ShowPrinters.bat contains:
@echo off
setlocal
if \{%1\}==\{\} goto syntax
set computer=%1
set computer=%computer:"=%
set computer=\\%computer:\=%
for /f "Skip=7 Tokens=*" %%p in ('net view %computer%') do set entry=%%p&call :findprt
endlocal
goto :EOF
:syntax
@echo Syntax: ShowPrinters \\Server
endlocal
goto :EOF
:strip
set printer=%printer:"=%
set printer=%printer:    ##=##%
set printer=%printer:   ##=##%
set printer=%printer:  ##=##%
set printer=%printer: ##=##%
goto :EOF
:findprt
if /i not "%entry:~13,5%" EQU "Print" goto :EOF
set printer=%entry:~0,13%##
set Comment=%entry:~35,99%
:chkprinter
set work=%printer: ##=##%
if not "%work%" EQU "%printer%" call :strip "%printer%"&goto chkprinter
set printer=%printer:##=%
@echo %computer%\%printer%,%comment%


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