[2 days left] What’s wrong with your cloud strategy? Learn why multicloud solutions matter with Nimble Storage.Register Now

x
?
Solved

How do I disable the disallow Kernel-mode Printer drivers installation policy?

Posted on 2011-03-18
2
Medium Priority
?
2,143 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I have a Windows 2008 R2 Server that will not allow kernel-mode Printer drivers to install. I have setup a group policy to disable this option and verified that the registry value is set to 0 (disabled). However, when I run gpresults /v it shows  that the Value is 0,0,0,0 but the state is enabled. I found a few different articles discussing hotfixes (981957 and 979559) and I uninstalled them. I also found 2 other articles (2160329 and 2479628) but they don't show up as being installed. It still shows that the state is enabled and I can't install my printer. Any help would be appreciated.
0
Comment
Question by:ASITech
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
2 Comments
 
LVL 13

Accepted Solution

by:
connectex earned 2000 total points
ID: 35174469
Kernal mode drivers often crashed systems so Microsoft changed them to user mode starting in Windows 2000. It's all here in this article: http://blogs.technet.com/b/askperf/archive/2007/09/14/kernel-mode-print-drivers-gone-the-way-of-the-dinosaur.aspx. And as you've mentioned it's been possible to override this when needed. Through it's never really been a good idea. It seems starting with Windows 2008, it's user mode drivers only. The registry setting or GPO is ignored. This post claimed they got that fact straight from Microsoft support: http://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsServerFeedback/feedback/details/321389/gpo-disallow-installation-of-printers-using-kernel-mode-drivers-does-not-work
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:connectex
ID: 35174581
I also found this about kernel drivers: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc733976(WS.10).aspx. Since 2008 R2 is only 64-bit, all kernel mode drivers will need to be signed. Signing drivers has only been done in the most recent years. So I really think Microsoft has locked this door tight. I suggest purchasing a new printer. Or you may be able to look in to using a universal print driver, if possible.
0

Featured Post

Get your Disaster Recovery as a Service basics

Disaster Recovery as a Service is one go-to solution that revolutionizes DR planning. Implementing DRaaS could be an efficient process, easily accessible to non-DR experts. Learn about monitoring, testing, executing failovers and failbacks to ensure a "healthy" DR environment.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

A hard and fast method for reducing Active Directory Administrators members.
Had a business requirement to store the mobile number in an environmental variable. This is just a quick article on how this was done.
To efficiently enable the rotation of USB drives for backups, storage pools need to be created. This way no matter which USB drive is installed, the backups will successfully write without any administrative intervention. Multiple USB devices need t…
Sometimes it takes a new vantage point, apart from our everyday security practices, to truly see our Active Directory (AD) vulnerabilities. We get used to implementing the same techniques and checking the same areas for a breach. This pattern can re…
Suggested Courses

649 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question