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Windows 2008 - Printer Policy - "default printer" seems enabled despite actual setting

Posted on 2013-01-18
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I've recently upgraded from Win2003 to 2008 R2 and have gone from installing print shares via login script to utilizing the new GP functionality.

Please see the screenshot for how I've deleted the old queues and installed new ones.
Print queue GPO
Despite never enabling "set as default printer" on either admin_copier or chem_copier settings, users who choose to set chem_copier as the default, invariably see admin_copier become default during the next group policy refresh.

I've never had this issue up till now, when installing print queues via GPO.  All users are "power users" in WinXP.

What am I missing?
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Question by:Elmo_Oxygen
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by:TechProphet617
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My guess is the Admin_Copier is set to default on the DC04 print server itself, which is making it set as a local printer. Remember, Group Policies are always applied in the order of Local, Site, Domain, and OU.
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by:Coralon
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Is that their only printer assigned by policy?  By default Windows is going to pick *a* printer as default.  If they only connect one, it will generally become the default, even if you don't want it to.  (this is not *always* the case..)

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Over the weekend I checked the DC04 print server and I found admin_copier was set as default at the local SERVER level.  I changed the default printer to something other than the above two queues.

The next business day, users were still complaining about admin_copier taking over.

I decided to re-do the print queues via 'Create' and tick the 'apply once and do not reapply' option.
GPO printer queuesThis finally did it, although I'll always wonder why the original strategy failed me.
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