You’ll need Apple Remote Desktop. You’ll also need to download the Mac OS X Driver install file for your printer. I recommend PostScript as available.
- Open your Driver DMG file and copy the .pkg installer file out of it. Open Apple Remote Desktop and select the machines you want to deploy to. Click on “Install” and select your driver .pkg file. Click on”Install”
2. Once you’ve installed the driver, you can add your printers. Use the “Send UNIX Command” to install the printer using the lpadmin terminal command.
lpadmin -p printernamewithoutspaces -L "Printer Descriptive Location" -E -v lpd://PrinterIPAddress -P /Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/PrinterDriverName.ppd.gz -o
3. Open Microsoft Word, choose File – Print. Select your new printer and configure your presets. Choosing to assign presets to the specific printer.
4. With the Finder as the active application, choose “Go” and “Go to folder” from the Finder menu. Browse to “~/library/preferences”
5. Find your printer preset file. It will be named “com.apple.print.custompresets.forprinter.PRINTERNAME.plist“. Copy the file to a folder on your Desktop.
6. Use the “Copy Items” command in Apple Remote Desktop to copy the .plist preset file for your printer to the machines you added the printer to. Choose to “Place Items in: ‘Specify Full Location’ and type: /private/var/”
7. Finally, choose the “Send UNIX Command” action in Apple Remote Desktop. Copy the .plist printer presets to the User’s preferences with the command:
cp /private/var/com.apple.print.custompresets.forprinter.PRINTERNAME.plist ~/Library/Preferences/
-Run command as “Current console user on target computer“.
8. You’ve now successfully deployed printers and custom presets to Mac OS X Machines using Apple Remote Desktop!