Point  And Print

Posted on 2013-10-21
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Last Modified: 2013-11-02
I have a GPO that has the following settings under:
Windows Settings

all of our clients are windows 7 and UP, what would this policy do ?

Key path SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\PointAndPrint
Value name TrustedServers
Value type REG_DWORD
Value data 0x0 (0)
Question by:jskfan
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Refer below link

Allowing Standard Users to Install Network Printers on Windows 7 without Prompting for Administrative Credentials:http://blogs.msdn.com/b/7/archive/2011/07/11/allowing-standard-users-to-install-network-printers-on-windows-7-without-prompting-for-administrative-credentials.aspx

The Point and Print User configuration policy is ignored by Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Service Pack 2 release of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2307161

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I have been to those links.

the environment I worked in, the have print servers. when a user connects to a printer, automatically downloads the drivers in the background(seamlessly).
Though most of the drivers, are installed on windows clients by default.

any elaboration on this ?

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Point and Print is the feature that enables a Microsoft Windows user to connect and print to a remote printer without the need for the user to access any disks or other installation media. Point and Print automatically downloads and installs all printer driver and data files and the configuration information required to use the remote printer from the client computer.More see this http://support.microsoft.com/kb/319939

There are some printer drivers which are not default and you need to install the same.If the user is admin user then the drivers are automatically install while connecting to printer assuming printer is shared.But if the user is normal user then they need permision to install the same.http://blogs.msdn.com/b/7/archive/2011/07/11/allowing-standard-users-to-install-network-printers-on-windows-7-without-prompting-for-administrative-credentials.aspx

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so Point and Print are for users that do not  have the print drivers installed locally (for the printer they are connecting to)?

I guess that's the role of print server to do that.

we usually install print queues and drivers on the server. All that user needs to do is connect to the queue, if the drivers are not install on their computers, they get installed seamlessly.

I am not sure in which case point and print policy is used.

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