TCP/IP printer pushout via Sites & Services GPO

Hello All,

Is anyone using printer pushout via GPO and Sites and Services?   I was just curious your experience with it.   I don't forsee any issues.  

We're talking about doing it for a lot of our smaller sites.   We're currently doing it by security group to GPO.   So we have to add computers all the time..  and it isn't friendly to mobile users.   It seems a better idea to do it by Site/IP to GPO.  That way all computers at that site/subnet will get the TCP/IP printer.  Visiting mobile users will get the printers when they visit the site.

For the larger sites with a lot of printers, we'll use a print server.

So does this sound like a good idea?   I'd love to hear other's experiences from SAs that utilize this method.   I'm not seeing a lot to go on in Google.

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Mike KlineCommented:
I have not done what you are doing (pushing out printers via GPO linked to site).  Do you have any Windows 7/Vista/2008 boxes?

If you do you can also look into using group policy preferences with item level targetting to push printers out

Either way test first using either method.


SA-mattmanAuthor Commented:
We're 98% XP atm.  We currently are utilizing gpo preferences for printer pushout.  We just assign it to security groups.  I know that's common but when I put more thought into it, why would anyone pick it over sites?   You don't have to worry about adding computers to a group all the time.

Thanks for your answer btw.
Mike KlineCommented:
One reason is that out of the box only members of the EA and DA (in root) can modify site links.  You can also target by IP, you are using item level targeting for groups but there are a ton of options there.



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SA-mattmanAuthor Commented:
Wasn't aware about the item level targeting.  Thank you for the help Mike.

This will do the job.
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