We have recently setup a new print server on a 2008 r2 box. I do not want to use the built in IIS printer page that is available. We already have an intranet site that I want our users to go to for the printer installs.
What I found works on Windows 7 is giving a "The handle is invalid" in Windows XP
I have made a file printer.lnk and placed it in the document root of the intranet server the the target of the .lnk file is \\printserver\printer so on the site i put in
<a href="printer.lnk"><span>Office Printer</span></a>
so in essense when you click on "Office Printer" it prompts you to save or run the file printer.lnk
When I click "Open" in Windows 7 it begins installing the printer normally.
When I click "Run" in Windows XP with Internet Explorer 8 I get an error of "The handle is invalid" If i close the error window and click the link again then click "Run" again it works just fine... I dont wan't that to be the answer to this problem.
Any suggestions or possibly a better all arround solution. I'm a network guy and I am not great at html so please try and keep solutions simple if possible.