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Posted on 2011-03-08
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In ADUC, I created a new OU.  
I moved an existing user into that OU.
I created a new GPO for the new OU.
I opened Print Manager on my print server.
I right-clicked a printer, and then I clicked Deploy with Group Policy.
The printers show up in my group policy when I click the "Settings" tab for the GPO.
Yet, when I log into a Terminal Server with that account, the printers are not listed in Devices and Printers.

What am I missing?
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by:8ubterfug3
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The terminal server will need to have the drivers for the printer installed. Try adding the printer to the terminal server manually then deleting it. Once it has been added once the drivers will be available for any future mappings. I always try that first.
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by:Miguel Angel Perez Muñoz
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Check if non administrator users can install printers on terminal server. If user don´t have this permission, setup printer not be listed.
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by:8ubterfug3
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To elaborate on what Drashiel is talking about you can modify the print driver installation security settings through the use of a GPO. Check out this article about the Point and Print Restrictions...

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753269.aspx
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by:skyrocketguy
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8ubterfug3 > I forgot to mention that part of our standard TS build is to pre-load print drivers.  I just now did it again exactly how you described for 4 of the printers I'm trying to push through GPO. Still no luck.

Drashiel > Yes, our TS users have the rights to add printers.  I just now did it to make sure the drivers are loaded.

Any other suggestions or thoughts?  I have the GPO enabled and enforced.  Is there anything else I need to do to link the GPO to that container and/or the users in it?
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Have you successfully gotten a printer deployment policy to work elsewhere? According to this there are some specific requirements such as adding PushPrinterConnections.exe to startup and updating your AD schema to at least Server 2003 R2...

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722179(WS.10).aspx

I always have used vb scripts to map printers. Something like this...

Set objNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")
objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\<printserver>\<printer>"
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by:skyrocketguy
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Thanks for everyone's help!

I found that we have a computer OU that has a policy that includes some user settings and the Group Policy loopback processing was set to "replace" instead of "merge", thereby overwriting my new GPO.
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Changing the loopback to "merge" allowed the new GPO to be applied and the printers showed up.
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