Deploy printes with group policy and preferences
Posted on 2010-11-15
I am trying to push printers out using group policy and group policy preferences. The problem is, we are a school, we do not make use of roaming profiles. We have many labs and pods containing both computers and printers. Our students are broken up into various OU’s.
We are trying to assign computer pod 1, with, printer pod 1(default) – resource centre printer 1 – resource centre printer 2. computer pod 2 (default), with, printer pod 2 – resource centre printer 1 – resource centre printer 2. Etc for about 10 locations.
Using GP Computer Configuration, policy, deployed printers, deploy required printers. Using Preferences, Control Panel Settings, set TCP/IP printer add required printers, however you cannot set default printer (greyed out).
This method will deploy the printers as required, but not set a default printer. However if you try to obtain printing preferences an error will occur error 0x00000006, this equates to not sufficient permissions to install printers. If you add the user an group with higher permissions ie print managers it functions correctly, remove from group error re appears.
Next was to try using policy and preferences at a user level and make use of targeting machines in a specific OU. Again this will work, but again the error 0x00000006 exists.
Previously we used a vb script for pushing out printers and assigning default printer for each location, this worked well, looks like we might be re visiting this method.
Our machines are all broken down in specific OU’s, ie pod 1 computers are in OU pod1, pod 2 computers are in OU pod2 etc. Our users are broken down in to year 7 in year 7 OU, year 8 in year 8 OU etc.
I have scoured the internet for helpful tips, majority of solutions seem to point towards using user preferences, this does not appear to help in our situation, and nobody seems to be experiencing the issue we have with the error message.
We are running a Windows Server 2008 enviroment, 2008 Printer server, with both Vista and Windows 7 client machines only.
I know the answer is simple and I have missed something obvious, but my head now hurts. Any ideas please.