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Apply printer setting/preferences via print management.

Posted on 2008-09-29
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I have deployed 2 printers in windows 2008 via GPO and everything is good.  I have set the default printer settings, such as black and white instead of color, paper size, etc..which i want to push to the clients, but it's not.  ANy idea here?

Also, XP clients are not receiving the printers via GPO, even though i followed the steps of using pushprinterconnections.exe in the logon script in GPO.  

Any help is appreciated

Thanks
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Did you run the .exe in the user part of a policy or the computer part, I wonder if it is to do with permissions.

Also, if you have a Group Policy Object Editor on the 2008 server, you may notice there is now a preferences section.  Under Control Panel I believe, there is an option to deploy printers using these Preferences rather than the Printer scetion of Print Management.  For XP you need to install an update for Client Side Extensions to see these settings, but it works great.  I'll see if I can find the update, and I'm sure this is a more elegant solution than running that exe to detect them.  I've done it myself and it works fine (we made sure the XP CSE extensions were installed with WSUS).
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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/943729 gives an overview of it, then theres a link to the various updates for XP 64 and 32 bit editions.

No ideas on the print settings yet though, sorry!
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Ok, I do have one idea for the settings, I wonder if the default settings are only taken once when the printer is first added at the client - did you change the settings after the printer was deployed?  You might find that if the printer is removed then re-added on a client it takes the new settings.  I guess it might have to work like this as if user print settings kept being updated by the server defaults, it could drive some users mad.
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I was able to download the "mini drivers" for the ricoh printers and push the update to the clients and now the preferences show exactly what i wanted.  I am not sure what the regular drivers don't work.  Now everything works in windows 2008 print management.

Thanks for the help.
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