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Deploying Printers Through Group Policy

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Hello,

we are going to deploy printers through GPOs but i have a questions regarding the deployment .

Please check the Screen Shot

Printers
What the Difference between
1- Create
2- Replace
3- Update

In our deployment we are going to use Update but if the user change the Default Printers after log off and log in or restart does it will come back again as group policy or no ?

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You should be using the "Print Management" console, which will manage the printer sharing, drivers, and group policies, rather than trying to create the group policies yourself manually.

Follow this step by step tutorial:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kJbnJ4xHrA

That being said, the difference between create, replace and update is subtle but significant, and applies to all aspects of the Control Panel section of group policy (e.g. it applies to mapped drivers, printers, files, folders etc):

Create - Creates the object if it isn't already there according to the group policy. If it IS already there, stop and don't touch it

Replace - Delete the object if it already exists. Then, re-create it according to the group policy

Update - create the object if it isn't already there. If it IS already there, update it's settings to match what the group policy states it should be

In general the correct selection is "Update".
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by:Wouter Makkinje
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I second what Frosty555 said, You should only deploy printers via GPP (Group Policy Preferences) IF you want to control what printer is set as standard for the users.

Otherwise use Print Managment Console to deploy the printers. The difference being that with Print Management Console you will need to deploy PushPrinterconnections.exe IF you have Windows XP clients. Also the other difference is that you cannoit steer the default printer this way.
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