windows 2003 R2 deploying Printers with Print Management console


I have 3 sites, one domain controller in each site. My Head Office site has the server with all of the FSMO roles and is only windows 2003 Server sp 2, the 2 branch sites DC's are both windows 2003 R2 so even though the main server is not R2 the Schema is at R2 level because of the branch site DC's

I want to use the new Print Manager console to deploy printers via GPO, what i'm unsure of is if i deploy a printer via this new method and then a user in my head office logs onto the network using the HO server will this printer still get deployed, or will it only work for users in the Branch offices who get authenticated by the Windows 2003 R2 domain controllers.



From my domain controller in the head office I tested editing the policy i created to deploy the printer and the deploy printer option was not shown because its not windows 2003 R2
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>> if i deploy a printer via this new method and then a user in my head office logs onto the network using the HO server will this printer still get deployed

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer:

You need to use Server 2003 R2 to actually edit and deploy the policy to the network. The feature won't appear in non-R2 Group Policy so cannot be managed from there. As part of the configuration procedure there is an executable to set as a Logon/Startup script, which pulls the printers and makes the connections.

Provided you make the changes from an R2 DC and set that EXE up correctly, all PCs on the domain will pull that information and make the appropriate connections.


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ncomperAuthor Commented:
Thanks Matt
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