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2008 print server - options for deploying printers

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Hi All,

its been a while since i have deployed a print server and i just about to install a 2008 R2 with printer services. I plan to get the 32 and 64 bit drivers and create the shares. I want to then deploy as simply and quickly as possible to all new users. I have a 2003 domain. I would like to automate this process to make as simple as possible, perhaps by group membership, and i would like to avoid scripts.  

Whats my best options?
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by:Reubenwelsh
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Hi, if you lift the AD to 2008 you get access to the Extended GPO's that have very good options for Printer deployment. I would consider it

Have a look at this link.

http://theintegrity.co.uk/2010/07/how-to-deploy-printers-with-group-policy-windows-server-2008-7-vista-xp/

If not it is scripts or third party applications im afraid... How many printers/users are we talking about?
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by:MJB2011
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Not possible im afraid.

We are talking about 350 users 40 printers.
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by:Reubenwelsh
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Are all users to have all printers?
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Otherwise have a look at this guide. This will be your other option.

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/deploying-printers-group-policy-windows-r2.html
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by:peter197911
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I guess we need more info if you have that much printers.

- All employee's have their own "default" printer?
- What OS do you have on the workstations?
- Laptops / Desktops ?

You can assign printers in GPO to users and/or desktops.
The Print Management option Reubenwelsh was talking about works quite fine.

Build up you're active directory + ou's in a handy way and assigning printers is quite doable.
But, dont forget that you have 40 printers which means some clicking
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by:MJB2011
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Hi

Yesd sorry to be vague.

I want employees to be assigned printers by department. So it would make sense to add them to a printer group to be assigned the correct printers.

Workstations will be XP. Laptops and desktops.  


Yes the GPO is definitely an option, would this by a user or machine GPO?
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by:Ackles
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If you want to have Default printer, then use Group policy preferneces to configure printers for users, then use loopback & you are all set.

However, using preferences means that user can change it.

Also be sure that you have proper CSE for XP.

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by:Ackles
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This is a resource for prefrences:
http://www.grouppolicy.biz/tag/printer/

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by:Reubenwelsh
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You can set the GPO either to Computer or too the User via GPO
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by:Ackles
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Yes u can, but there is no way to set default...
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by:MJB2011
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Ackles is that not for 2008 domains only?
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by:Reubenwelsh
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Yes, his article is using a 2008 enviroment.
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Im using a 2003 domain with XP!
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