Block Printing Using GPO / Group Policy

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I would like to be able to block the ability to print using group policy. Obviously I could disable the printer spooler service on logon using batch scripts, but is this a good idea? Is there a cleaner way of doing this? Really not happy with this method..

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You can achive this by removing the everyone group on the security tab of the print queue.
Create a security Group and have the user to which you like to provide the print permission for the printer.
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what you need is to define a GPO for that.

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/managing-printers-group-policy-part1.html <<< this will help you achieve this
I think your best option is to restrict permissions through sharing and NTFS.
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@Venjurajav: This is exactly what I was looking for - Thank you!

@innocentdevil: There is no GPO that specifically blocks a user from printing on that link you provided, I'm afraid.

@motnahp00: Your solution is a little lacking in information. I am kind of assuming you mean the same as Venjurajav.

Thank you all for your input. I will attempt this and let you know my findings.
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my apologies. I thought there was an option. I will double check and post back.

The only other viable option via sharing and permissions. create special printing group and remove everyone group.

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I think that's the group I'll go down. It's a school and the structure in AD is really well organised thanks to my mild OCD, so it'll be dead easy to apply :-)

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Worked a treat - thanks guys!

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