Shared network printers disappear from our print servers
Posted on 2013-01-11
We have a problem on our mixed Windows XP/Windows 7 network in regard to printer deployment. We are in the process of migrating our clients over to Windows 7.
We still have 2003 DCs (and use these to host our printers owing to operational costs)
We use SCCM 2012 to deploy Windows 7 clients. Windows 7 clients are separate in our AD structure - no inheritence at the root of the domain. No GPO issues on either Windows 7 and Windows XP. Printers are successfully deployed via GPO, and they appear correctly on the stations.
The problem is that any printer that is shared from a 2003 DC, and is available to print from both Windows 7 and Windows XP (any manfacturer - including Ricoh photocopiers, HP and Brother printers) will every few days remove itself from the server it is shared from. This means that clients are unable to print as the printer doesn't exist where it should.
There seems to be no distinct pattern - nothing of use in the event logs on any server. (We have three 2003 DCs that are used as print servers - two other DCs with no shared printers)
This doesn't happen to printers that are shared from the same server, but are only accessible to XP clients.
Does anyone have any ideas why printers would suddenly be removed off multiple print servers?