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Deploying printers via GPO

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Hello

I want to deply printers on my network via GPO

Running Windows 2008 SP2 DCs
Printer server running 2008 SP2 running Print Managment role

Mixed Client enviroment of XP, Vista and Windows 7

I have created a User GPO to add a TCP/IP printer pointing to the the print servers shared path

With XP... the GPO works great.... though the VISTA and Windows 7 Clients they are not applying automatically (I can do so manual but I have a lot of users)
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We use Machine based delivery.

After setting up the GPO and linking it to an OU the rest is done in Print Management.

Right click on the printer and Deploy by Group Policy.

Navigate the OU structure to the GPO and select it. Add it by machine, or in your case by user.

Note that 32-bit clients will require 32-bit drivers installed on the print server machine.

PushPrinterConnections.exe is required for XP Pro. Group Policy Client Side Extensions are required for Vista and XP.

Philip
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Thank you

so I deployed the printer via the Print Management in Server 2008 and my Vista and Windows 7 Machines picked it up perfectly

On the XP side.. should I keep my original GPO enabled? As Print Management didnt deploy printers to the XP systems
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Great! Im good to go... this also helped answer my question: http://www.petri.co.il/enterprise-print-management-in-windows-server-2008-part-three.htm
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