?
Solved

Printers not Publishing in AD on Windows Server 2008 R2

Posted on 2012-09-04
2
Medium Priority
?
1,881 Views
Last Modified: 2012-09-05
Hello,

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.
0
Comment
Question by:mmahelpdesk
  • 2
2 Comments
 
LVL 1

Accepted Solution

by:
mmahelpdesk earned 0 total points
ID: 38369283
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.

Cheers.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Closing Comment

by:mmahelpdesk
ID: 38369285
This solution is excellent, because it was mine.
0

Featured Post

Concerto's Cloud Advisory Services

Want to avoid the missteps to gaining all the benefits of the cloud? Learn more about the different assessment options from our Cloud Advisory team.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

After seeing many questions for JRNL_WRAP_ERROR for replication failure, I thought it would be useful to write this article.
Wouldn't it be nice if objects in Active Directory automatically moved into the correct Organizational Units? This is what AutoAD aims to do and as a plus, it automatically creates Sites, Subnets, and Organizational Units.
Microsoft Active Directory, the widely used IT infrastructure, is known for its high risk of credential theft. The best way to test your Active Directory’s vulnerabilities to pass-the-ticket, pass-the-hash, privilege escalation, and malware attacks …
This video shows how to use Hyena, from SystemTools Software, to bulk import 100 user accounts from an external text file. View in 1080p for best video quality.
Suggested Courses

862 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question