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Managing Printers with GP

Posted on 2009-06-30
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Hello Experts,

 I feel like I may be missing something on network printers. I have a decent size enviroment with multiple sites. I want to be able to manage printers, possibly add them automatically to users.  What control do I have of printers with Group Policy.

Any tips or hints on managing printers and automating end user configuration will be appreciated.
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by:Glen Knight
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GPO's to publish printers to OU's in Active Directory that we have split up into rooms.
We use the pushprinterconnection.exe described here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722179(WS.10).aspx
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Do you have at least one Vista machine or 2008 machine in your environment?  If you do you can use group policy preferences to manage printers for users.
Good overview of group policy preferences by GP MVP Darren Mar-Elia here:
http://sdmsoftware.com/blog/2008/09/whitepaper_on_group_policy_pre.html
and a specific entry on printers with GPP here:
http://www.msserveradmin.com/the-one-reason-you-should-use-group-policy-preferences/
If you don't have a 2008 or Vista box this may be a reason to start researching and getting one up.
There are other ways to do it in a 2003  R2 environment  http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Deploying-Printers-Group-Policy-Windows-R2.html
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