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can I group computers to use specific printers?

Hi Experts,
i have a windows 2008 R2 domain controller. we have 3 classroom with 24 computers in each. Each classroom has its own printer. All printers are registered in AD.  All systems are on the same subnet,
Students however inadvertently print to the " wrong" printer i.e. A user in lab 3 might print to the printer in lab 1.  I need to control this so my question is: Can I group computers into their respective labs and force the systems to use the preinter in that lab?  can I achieve this though AD, GPO or VB script? What would you recommend?
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8/22/2022 - Mon

Yes, you can add computers into an OU based on their location with a GPO that pushes the printer to the computer. Or you can use security groups to have computers in these location and the use a GPO that pushes a printer apply only to a specific set of computers based on the filter.

OU/sub OU helps in representing your set up
AD top
    LABs GPOS apply to all lab computers
           LAB room1 GPO deploying printer
           LAB room2 ...
Nagendra Pratap Singh

You may be able to allow only certain hosts/IPs to some network printers.
The idea is from here.


Alternatively, you can remove all printers and add them using GPO. Make GPOs like room1gpo, room2gpo and in each gpo install a certain printer. Also make groups like room1computer, room2computers.

Remove read rights to one GPO by everyone and just add the room1computers group to the read permissions.

HTH. MS has thrown hands up


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