Printers not Publishing in AD on Windows Server 2008 R2

Posted on 2012-09-04
Last Modified: 2012-09-05

I've published dozens of printers so they can be searchable using the Wizard. For some reason, this new Windows Server 2008 R2 doesn't want to publish the printers. It is a domain controller, print server, and file server.

I always make sure to go into the sharing properties and check "List the in the directory" so it can be searchable using the Wizard.

As an administrator, I can go into AD, see the printer right underneath the Server its added to, I can even search for it and find it based on the information I give it. But for some reason, I just can't go to Start > Printers and Devices > Add Printer > Local Printer > and have it listed with all of the other printers available. It shows all the printers across the whole WAN, even when I don't have a VPN Tunnel connected to the remote site, AD is hub a spoke and it knows all of the printers available on the network.

Any ideas? I'm really at a loss and I'd hate to build out this Server again just because I'm unsure of how to go about fixing it.

1. I've rebooted and restarted the print spooler service.
2. Triple checked and compared to printers that are searchable.
3. Roles and Features are the exact same compared to other servers that can add printers just fine.
4. Firewall or other issues shouldn't be a problem, considering the firewall is disabled and I can't even add the printer locally to the server.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm at a loss.

Thanks in advance.
Question by:mmahelpdesk
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    Despite the lack of responses, the issue is resolved. When doing a scan for printers with the wizard, it will only pick up 20 printers by default. This makes sense, considering it searches all subnets and only returns the printers with the fastest response times. There could be hundreds of printers, bogging down the whole system each time you searched.

    The policy can be changed to increase the printers from 20 to whatever you want. You'll find the change under add "printer wizard-network scan page" in Group Policy.

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    This solution is excellent, because it was mine.

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