Can't add printer drivers to print server as a print operators
Posted on 2011-03-20
We have a branch file server which has also been setup as a print server.
Now i want a local user to be able to administer the print server but not have full admin access to the rest of the server.
The machine is running Server 2008 R2 and i've added the user to print operators group etc.
The user can add printers so long as they don't need to add a new printer driver. When they try to install a new printer with a new printer driver the following error message is given.
'Printer driver was not installed. Access is denied'
I did some reading and apparently this error can be related to the user not having write access to C:\Windows\inf where the drivers are actually stored. I tried giving the print operators group write access to this folder and it appeared to work however i got alot of 'access denied' errors with all the inf files currently in the folder. I assumed this was just due to them being in use etc.
Any ideas how i can give a user access to install printers & printer drivers on a Server 2008 R2 machine without giving them full admin access?