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Delete Printers Deployed via 2008's Print Managment Utility?

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I would like to deploy printers using GPOs and the 2008 servers Print Management utility.

Deploying printers is easy, but I’m noticing that users cannot delete the printers that were added via the GPO (access denied, unable to remove device).

In regards to deploying printers via GPO, there’s another way to do this using the Shared Printer option with the following setting in place: Run in logged-on users security context.  But this method is far more time consuming than going through the Print Management utility.

Is there a way to deploy printers via GPO and the Print Management utility to where users have the ability to delete the printers added by the GPO?
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by:Cliff Galiher
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Nope.
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by:acmi
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Seriously?
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Cliff Galiher earned 500 total points
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By design.

Group policies are exactly that. They are *policies.* In other words, you don't *want* users to be able to undo them. Would you want a user to be able to change the password complexity policies that you set?  Of course not.

Print Management (via policy) forces users to have printers.

Group Policy Preferences, as the name also indicates, is just a preference. A user can override preferences. But, as you said, deploying via preferences takes some extra steps (by nature of how they are deployed.)

So that is your choice. Deploy as a policy and have it enforced, or deploy as a preference and have it be optional.  You can't deploy with the former and expect it to behave like the latter.

-Cliff
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by:acmi
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I was hoping there was a way to build in some flexibility via a setting or an additional process – but it looks like that will not be the case.  

Thank you for your response.
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by:acmi
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Nice explanation
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