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Creating Faxination Printer for Windows

Faxination is product that is commonly used for performing electronic faxing.  I recently needed to create an automated/unattended installation of the Faxination ”printer” such that user can print a document to that “printer” which converts the file to an image an composes an Outlook email for sending the fax. Unfortunately the product does not have an installer for this printer creation in Windows, so I had to develop a custom solution.

High-level overview

  1. Registers PrnAdmin.dll (which enables scripting printer operations in Windows)
  2. Creates a new Windows printer port
  3. Copies into Program Files the Faxination drivers and a script which registers the printer for the user.
  4. Uses the built-in Windows PrnDrv commands to add the driver
  5. Creates a Run key for ever user who logs into Windows to execute the aforementioned user script, which uses the built-in Windows PrnMngr commands to add the printer for the user (and also retains the prior default printer)

To set this up in a package

  1. Obtain the latest Faxination drivers from Fenestrae support
  2. Obtain PrnAdmin.dll from the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools
  3. Obtain Setup_x86.vbs from SkyDrive
  4. Obtain CreateFaxinationPrinter.vbs from SkyDrive
  5. For the package source files, in the root folder, add “Setup_x86.vbs” and PrnAdmin.dll
  6. Create a subfolder named “x86″ and add the Faxination driver files and the “CreateFaxinationPrinter.vbs” script
  7. Create the package and advertise to computers to test!

Filed under: Scripting

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Hello and thanks for reading my blog (! My hope is that information I post is useful to others! If you found that a solution did help you, or if you have questions, feel free to drop a comment on the post. I primarily blog on my IT experiences with ConfigMgr and desktop engineering. I am a 10 year, seasoned professional with ConfigMgr and systems management. I co-facilitate and present for the local user group in Denver, am an active blogger on topics for ConfigMgr and systems management techniques, involved in forums for Microsoft and MyITForum, and have been a speaker for events such as BDNA's SCCM Guru Webcast Series (March 2012), the Microsoft Management Summit (April 2013), and BDNA's Microsoft Master Webcast Series (Jan. 2014).

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