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Hi I have put in about 10 sbs 2008 servers now and still havn't got this to work. I setup printers shares on 2 of my servers and all pc's on the network can manually connect to them and print. I want to automatically role out all the printers to users when they log in using the new group policy printer tool ehic I have applied to an OU with the users in. When a user logs in nothing happens if a run gpresult it says its applying the right policy.

Can any one help Im I doing something wrong
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I see you are using Preferences.

I believe you need software installed on the local machines before the preferences can run.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/943729

You can download the client side extension from here
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He is trying to use Preferences rather than Policies.
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Thanks yes as soon as I installed that client it works. Didn't know you had to do that it doesn't make it clear in group policy. Does this mean that I will have to go round each machine and install manually or can I install using Group policy or windows SUS tried in GP put the download isn't an msi so could add it.
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If you look through all the WSUS installs there should be an option for the Client Side Extension.
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alternatively

http://heidelbergit.blogspot.com/2008/02/group-policy-client-extensions.html

if you read down on there you can put the files on a network share and run code from a simple bat file at login through GP

\\server\updates\setup.exe /quite /passive /norestart
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Thanks alot that will make things alot easier I will do that.  Just while in on may need to post a new question but at doing an new sbs2008 install right now and all XP machines go on to the new network by running the http://connect with no issues and a couple of Vista PC's do as well but 90% of the vista machines let you run the connect wizard but when they all reboot they are all stuck on the welcome screen and have been there for last hal hour An thoughts?

Thanks again
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sorry i dont really understand your second question can you give me a bit more info.
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Sorry you can use the http://connect in a webrowser to connect xp and Vista machine to a new sbs2008 server. When I run this it works fine for all my XP machines they all reboot and join the new domain and all is well. Also a Couple of Vista machines run this ok. the rest of my Vista machines run through the connect wizard anf then rebbot when the come back on they are all stuck on the welcom screen and have now been sat there for over an hour. This is the screen before you get the ctrl, Alt Delete.
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i have never used sbs2008 or swapped machines from a domain using http://connect as i've always worked with 1 domain. You may want to ask another question, however if you unplug the LAN cable from 1 of the pcs does it get to the login screen? If so i would say its having a problem with a group policy, probably the "wait for lan" or something similar to that
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Many thanks for you help this is exactly the solution I was looking for
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