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Printer Deployment (GPO) Mixed environment

I have several servers running various O/S's. My domain controller is running Windows Server 2003 R2, and another server I am using as a printer server is running Windows Server 2008 R2. Will I be able to us GPO to deploy the printers?
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AcklesCommented:
I hope you know how to make the printer GPO in 2003 R2, considering that it should not be a problem.

If you have tried & have come across a problem, then please state here & the particular issue can be looked at.

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peter197911Commented:
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GBittoAuthor Commented:
I am on the 2008 R2 Print Server computer. I am in Server Manager, Print and Document Services, Print Management. I click on Printers and have a list of available printers. I have installed drivers for 32 and 54 bit O/S. I right click on a printer, and select Deploy with Group Policy. I browse through my local tree, and select Default Domain Policy, just to keep things simple. I select per machine deployment, click on Add.Then click on Apply. Error message occurs.
One or multiple errors have occurred during the execution of a deploy or remove printer connection operation.
Deploying printer connection "\\OSBAS01\Xerox Color Ex 560" to per machine GPO "Default Domin Policy" failed. The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted.

Sorry if this sounds like a simple problem, I'm still converting over from Novell  :)
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AcklesCommented:
don't do that.
Before you do the process you mentioned, create empty group policy, call it Printers or something.
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AcklesCommented:
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GBittoAuthor Commented:
OK - Created Printer Deployment.
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AcklesCommented:
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AcklesCommented:
Just take a look & compare with your current settings & then see how it goes.
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GBittoAuthor Commented:
Thanks, looks like a good resource. Day is drawing to a close, and need to attend to other tasks. Will try later and report tomorrow.
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AcklesCommented:
sure no problem, it's already midnight here ;)
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GBittoAuthor Commented:
Ackles: Well, thanks to your guidance, and me logging in properly (I though I logged into the Domain - WRONG! Was only logged in to the machine), I've been able to create a deployment in a GPO. Now phase 2 is for me to test the deployment. Should I award points now, and open up another request for help if needed?
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AcklesCommented:
Don't award the points till you get the desired result.
I don't know about others, but this is hobby for me & what matters is that your issue is resolved as you want. Either I help you or someone else helps you.

So please tell, what is not done & we do it.
Only thing you can do to help urself is respond promptly.

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GBittoAuthor Commented:
OK - phase 2 commences tomorrow. G'night or possibly in your case g'morning!!
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AcklesCommented:
Listen, can you please tell what is the OS of your Clients?
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GBittoAuthor Commented:
I have mix of XP (32 bit) and Win 7 (64 bit). About a 50-50 split right now. I included the PushPrinterConnections in the GPO.
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AcklesCommented:
Great, let's take it tomorrow, have a great evening.
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GBittoAuthor Commented:
OK! You too.
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GBittoAuthor Commented:
Having some problems deploying, so I'm taking a few steps back. What is better - deploy by user or by machine. Pros/Cons?
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AcklesCommented:
If you user GPP for User - Can specify default printer
BUT they can change it on the fly, however it will come back after GP reaches refresh cycle.

Computer using policy will always stay & for users it will be greyed out.
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GBittoAuthor Commented:
Wow, Ackles . . . don't you ever sleep? Thanks-I'll let you know how things progress throughout the day/night.
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AcklesCommented:
ha ha ha , I do but it depends where you are geographically?
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GBittoAuthor Commented:
USA - Ohio. You?
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AcklesCommented:
Zurich - Switzerland.
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GBittoAuthor Commented:
OK - works well for Win 7 deployments, not so good for Win XP 32 bit. How should I troubleshoot?
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GBittoAuthor Commented:
and I do have the pushprinter..... in the GPO
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AcklesCommented:
I can come back to you in hour or so, m out.
Check the event log in the mean time
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GBittoAuthor Commented:
OK thanks!
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GBittoAuthor Commented:
Event Viewer on target Win XP Machine:
Application
Source: UserInit
Could not execute the following script PushPrinterConnections.exe
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GBittoAuthor Commented:
Here's something interesting that I hadn't seen anywhere else:
In the case of SBS 2008 which is 64bit, or Windows Server 2008 x64, when deploying printers to Windows XP Pro and Windows 2000 Pro 32bit OSs, the PushPrinterConnections.exe application is a 64bit version out of the box.
You will need to obtain a 32bit version of the utility from a Windows Server 2008 x86 OS. If installed, very simple: Copy it from the System32 directory.If none are installed, you will need the original WIM image and the Windows Automated Installation Kit installed on a workstation so you can mount the WIM image and copy the utility out.
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AcklesCommented:
No harm in trying, the point is to make it work.
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GBittoAuthor Commented:
Woo-hoo!!! I think that did it.
I found the i386 folder on my 2003 R2 server. The version stamp on the .exe was 5.xx instead of 6.xx
Used that in my script as part of the deployment, and voila.
Let me check a few other machines (Win 7-64 and Win XP-32) before I pop the cork on the champagne.
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GBittoAuthor Commented:
How can I set a printer to be the default? Too lazy to look that one up . . .
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AcklesCommented:
When you set the printer as per Prefrences there is a check box, however not possible via Policy.
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GBittoAuthor Commented:
OK Thanks.
Man, I've got a lot of catching up to do . . .
btw, thanks for the help on the LaCie drives.
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AcklesCommented:
Oh, it was you!!!
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GBittoAuthor Commented:
Ackles - great source of information and easy to work with. Didn't make me feel dumb. I'm transitioning from Novell still, and I'm trying to catch up to everyone else with Windows. VERY satisfied and hope to work with Ackles in the future.
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AcklesCommented:
Thanks for the points & Very Glad it worked for you.
Regards,
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