problem deploying printer to winxp from server 2008 r2
Posted on 2010-11-10
I posted a question earlier in the week about the wisdom of managing my printers with the new server 2008 r2. I got some good information but the decision was taken out of my hands. My boss is intent on managing our printer with 2008 r2. With that being said, I did heed the advice I received and have been doing testing all day and it's very frustrating.
Here's what I've done:
I created a group policy object and I set it up to deploy the printer via group policy preferences. I attached the gpo to the test ou and using targeting based on the organizational unit and the computers in the OU.
In the gpo, I set loopback/merge, always wait for the network at computer startup, configured a tcp/ip printer on the computer side in preferences/ user config/point and print restrictions.
Ok with those settings in mind, on the server 2008 r2, in drivers, I added drivers for winxp 32bit, 64bit, hp universal printer driver x86, win7 32bit. I then deployed the printer with group policy and connected to the gro I have preferences with which I guess was stupid and overkill.
In the end, the printer deployed to the win 7 machine but not the winxp machine.
I checked gprsop and had no errors and no errors in the event viewer. No clue.
Then I read I needed pushprinterconnections.exe for the winxp machines but couldn't find it anywhere.
Sorry for rambling but I wanted to give you as much info as I could. Your help and recommendations are greatly appreciated.