Deploying Printers via Group Policy

skijuice
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Hi,

I am looking into deploying our printers via Group Policy. The method in which I am going to deploy them is on a per printer and per printer basis, not associating it to a computer name.

Due to the nature of our business, our users move between sites regularly but are not setup on roaming profiles. Rather than adding all printers on a site basis via GP I am hoping to add a user to a single printer assiciated group in AD, which is linked to a GP. So, if a user uses 4 printers across 3 sites, they're not forced to install the sites' 15 printers.

Q1: Am I going about this in the right way?
Q2: Can you think of a more fitting method
Q3: What are the minimum requirements to do this?

My current situation is:

DC = MS 2003 (Schema 47 I believe - we have 2 DC's - 2x 2003 and 1x2008R2)
Print Server: MS 2008 R2

My AD structure is as Screenhunter-01 attached.
 You will see the site location OU (i.e. WQR) and then an OU which represents the single printer (i.e. 102141_CanoniRAC2025). I then hope to link this to a deployed printer via GP. I'm a little unsure of exactly how the linking work however so it would be great to have some input on that if possible please. I'll be watching this post like a hwak so I'll be able to add more detail as requested.
AD Structure
Please let me know what you think.

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Commented:
Would checking group membership in a logon script work.


If User is member of Group A.  Connect to printers 1,2,3
if user is member of group B. connect to printers 2,4

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We do, at present, use a login script in such a way but it's unorganised and unmanageable on a large enterprise level... So we have found. We have 500 users across 8 sites.
 A valid point nevertheless

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