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Deploying printers in Win2003 R2

HI all,

I have been using a script to deploy printers to my users. I then upgraded Win2003 to R2 and attempted to use the Printer Mgmt option.

I have set up the schema to the correct version, and am now attempting to add a printer with no luck.

I set up a GPO to run the pushprinterconnections.exe to all the PCs upon startup.

I then created a GPO in the Users OU with the printer I wish to deploy. Nothing else in there. Nothing. I checked the user and gpresult shows the GPO is applied but no printer shows.

I then put the pushprinter in the login script of the user GPO itself. Still no luck.
I have been playing with this for hours now and can't get this printer to show.

HELP!!!
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nharel
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MikealclCommented:
Did you assign it to computers instead of users by mistake?

http://windowsitpro.com/article/articleid/93954/how-can-i-deploy-a-printer-to-clients-by-using-windows-server-2003-r2.html

Did you configure PushPrinterConnections.exe for older clients if your machines are not vista?
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nharelAuthor Commented:
Definitely in the Users OU. and I put the pushprinter in the GPO itself.

I tried multiple ways but the two main methods-
1. I have an existing GPO that I use to map drives and add printers via a script. I added the printer deployment in there and disabled the existing script. No luck.
2. I created a new GPO with the printer deployment and pushprinter script. No luck.
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ChiefITCommented:
I don't mean to be nit picky, but the "users" folder is a built in folder that is a CN folder, not an OU. Group policy will not work on a CN folder.

If that is not the problem, then have you performed a GPupdate /force, yet?

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nharelAuthor Commented:
Yes, I know. I have a STAFF OU with other GPOs in place that work fine. I have also done multiple gpupdates. I run gpresult which shows that the printer GPO is being applied. In fact, I have a GPO that maps drives which is applied and works fine. I added the printer into that GPO and it still does not work.
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ChiefITCommented:
Are you mapping by IP of the printer?
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ChiefITCommented:
Oh, you are doing this through R2. My mistake>

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nharelAuthor Commented:
Still no progress with this. I am at a loss. Can't get these printers assigned via GPO. I might need to resort again to a script - seems a shame since this printer deployment would be some much easier/better.

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nharelAuthor Commented:
Interesting, I added the -log parameter for the pushprinter command and I see no logs being generated. It is as if the pushprinter is not running. Is there a way to force it or to check if it does rung?

when I run gpresult, the GPO does show that it had been applied. So how can I check to see if the script (pushprinter) actually runs?
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nharelAuthor Commented:
Looks like the process works. Suddenly, it started to show my printers. HUH??? Don't know what I did differently, but the problem solved itself.

I hate/love these types of solutions...
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ChiefITCommented:
Let us know if things are golden in a couple days. I will continue to monitor.
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