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Problem with GPO Deployed Printers - "access is denied, unable to remove device"

Posted on 2010-09-23
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We are using Print Management and Group Policy to push printers out based upon GP objects and Sites and Services, but sometimes we need to try to remove a printer to force it to reinstall the driver.  So far the only way we've found to do so is to
Remove the computer from the OU
Gpupdate /force
reboot
Add the computer back into the OU
Gpupdate /force
reboot

If we just try to delete the printer, we get the "access is denied, unable to remove the device."  Is there any way to get around that, and let the users/us removed the devices?

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by:Adam Brown
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You need to have the appropriate permissions on the printer to remove it. Allowing users the Load and Unload Device Drivers right should give you what you need. (Info on setting user rights assignments here: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/File_Servers/Active_Directory/A_3360-Understanding-User-Rights-Assignment-How-to-lock-down-or-unlock-your-user%27s-actions.html )

You may also need to have the Manage Printers permission on the share to remove it from the computers, so check that as well.
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by:pdoelle
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[Okay, this is going to sound silly, but I ran into this on numerous occasions in our office and it always worked...]

Assuming that you have the appropriate permissions to remove the printer and it still won't budge, unplug the LAN cable from the workstation, give it a minute, and then go ahead and try to remove the printer.
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One of our guys figured out the best way to handle it

Create a VBScript (see code below).

Run the scripts, then run gpupdate /force or reboot to reinstall printer.

Set WshNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network") WshNetwork.RemovePrinterConnection "\\<print server>\<Network Printer>"

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