Print Spooler and GPO

Posted on 2011-10-18
Last Modified: 2012-06-12
Is that possible to use Windows 2003 GPO to start or stop Print Spooler services depending on the Security Group?

I have a group fo computer mixed with Windows XP and Windows 7 that shared with 4 different security group (Leader, Full Access, BackOffice - Who allow to print), and (NoEmail - who not allow to print).  None of the above Group has local admin rights.

I created a test OU, move the machine to the OU, created a GPO, in User Configuration, I created a bacth file to start the spooler when login and stop a print spooler when logout. and link to the OU.  I change the Print Spooler Services at the PC to manual for start-up.

The problem:
when the system starts-up and login as the NoEmail users,  the Print Spooler started in the manual mode and user unable to change the services.

Any ideas what I did wrong?

Question by:Square1
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    Expert Comment

    yes you can
    it would be done under machine settings
    save me writing it out here is a good guide with screen shots

    Author Comment

    I did this already but this method is not helping.  I need to stop the spooler services when the system power on.  Depending which group of user login to the system and determine if the spooler required to be start.

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    Accepted Solution

    you could use a WMI filter - but i don't like them very much
    or even group policy preferences which can be targeted to a user or group
    not in front of a group policy console right now but if you want some more detail on how to do that i can post it up for you

    Author Comment

    can you please post some example for review?  thanks
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    Expert Comment


    this shows you the GPO preferences at the bottom then you would click on the "common tab" and then "item level targeting"

    this shows you the item level targeting

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