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Deploying Printers Via GPO

Posted on 2010-09-16
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Hi Experts,

I have a curious issue im hoping someone will be able to shed some light on.

I am currently trying to deploy a number of printers using Group policy using the following as a guide

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Deploying-Printers-Group-Policy-Windows-R2.html

The short of it is Windows 7 and Vista machine have taken to the policy. However XP machines do not. The policy is user specific so i cant see why one works yet the other does not.

Upon looking at gpresult -v i can see the policy is applied to the xp machines. At a closer inspection and comparision i can also see that the logon script is referenced by vista and 7 but is not mentioned in the results of xp

Am i missing anything obvious?
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by:willettmeister
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The version of GPO that you are using has increased functionality that doesn work on XP.  
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by:dvast8n
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You have print drivers for XP installed on the print server?

@willettmeister - The example given that the OP referred to clearly uses XP machines. What "increased functionality" are you referring to that does not work with XP?
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nevermind it's windows 2003 r2 not windows 2008 r2.  The new GPO's that I was referrring is a result of Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2.
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Hi Dvast8n,

Yes the print drivers are installed on the print server as they can be manually connected to and installed
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by:FSIFM
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Further information for you all.
I ve found in the event log an error

"Could not execute the following script pushprinterconnections.exe"

So the question now becomes why?
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Solved it!

Following finding that error i manually tried to run the file to recieve the error
"not a valid Win32 application"
Upon googling that, i found on the following thread
http://www.eggheadcafe.com/software/aspnet/30864654/pushprinterconnectionsexe-not-a-valid-win32-application.aspx
the answer to my problem

My print server is 64bit
Clients are 32bit, so though i have 32bit drivers on the server the pushprinterconnections.exe was a 64bit file incompatible with the 32bit clients.

I installed printermanagement on another 32bit server, replaced the gpo's push file with that version and walla printers appeared on the xp machines!

The only thing im still puzzled over is why exactly vista and windows 7 worked regardless...
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