Problem with Distrubting Default Printer settings from Print server to networked computers

Posted on 2011-04-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Am I wrong in thinking that you can make printer setting changes on your print server and those changes should take effect on the networked computers without having to reinstall the printer on each computer...  No matter what change I make they do not get passed on to networked computers.  We have a Toshiba printer and several Xerox and HP printers, all running in a windows 2003 server environment.  
Question by:adamhicks
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    Expert Comment

    Unfortunately, it does not work that way. To change the default settings on each PC you will need to use Group Policy and/or a Login Script depending on what you are trying to accomplish.

    Accepted Solution

    I ended up finding a a way to make this work.  If you go to the printer properties\Advanced Tab\Printer Defaults  and make the changes there it will actually make the changes to your networked computers.  If you just go straight to printer preferences a different way then the changes will not be pushed out.

    Author Closing Comment

    I called our printer support company and they suggested trying to make changes in the stated location and everything worked.

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