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Deploying printer with multiple drivers with Group Policy??

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I am working in the Print Management snap-in in Windows Server 2008 R2, attempting to deploy some printers to my users through Group Policy.  For the printers I have installed, I have a 32-bit and 64-bit driver installed.  I would like to deploy each printers with both drivers to all computers in my domain to cover all variations of client Windows OSs (x86 and x64).  Is this possible without having to install each printer twice, one with the 32-bit and another with the 64-bit driver?  Also, does this deployment strategy work in the Windows XP environment, or is it strictly for Windows 2008 and Windows XP?
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You can install the Print and Document Services Role on a 2008 R2 server and push out different printers to different GPO's. Yes, you need to install the x86 and x64 drivers to each shared printer. The client station selects the correct version of the driver to use.
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XP machines don't pick up printers deployed this way by default, but there's a .exe called pushprinterconnections.exe that you can add as a startup script via group policy and xp clients will then pick up the printers.
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joeyfaz is correct.

In addition, this will only work automatically for Vista and above machines.  For XP you would need to download the PushPrinterConnections.exe and use a login or startup script to run it.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722179(WS.10).aspx
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@ joeyfaz

So I would need to actually "Share" these printers in order to install multiple drivers for each one?
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That is correct. Thanks for the points Dustin.
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