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Hello All,

I am using GPO's to deploy printers in our organization.  Currently we have six copy machines that are deployed to all users using the 'Print Management' applet.  From within the Print Management UI I set the copy machines to deploy by right clicking and selecting 'Deploy with Group Policy'.  All copy machines are deployed from the same GPO.

The other printers we deploy, are usually contained within an individuals office.  For these printers I have created groups, and an individual GPO for each printer.  Using 'Item Level Targeting', the printer is set to verify the user is part of the corresponding group.  The GPO is User Configuration and the Action for the printer install is 'Replace'.

We do not want to assign the user a default printer but would like them to set the default themselves.  The users set the printer they want to be their default, however the default printer randomly changes throughout the day.

What do I need to do to install these printers for the specified users, let them set their own default, and have the default stop changing on it's own during a reboot or policy refresh interval?
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try changing
The GPO is User Configuration and the Action for the printer install is 'Replace'.

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The GPO is User Configuration and the Action for the printer install is 'Merge'.
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by:Zorniac
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Hi Niabingi,

I do not have 'Merge' as an option, I have 'Create, Replace, Update, & Delete' as action options.
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Use Update option rather than merge and see if it works.
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I changed the GPO to update and that looks like it is working, I haven't confirmed this 100% across our org. but looks promising.  

Based on stated above, I then changed the GPO settings to Create, apply once and do not reapply.  I did this so that any new users logging in would have the printer object installed.  I didn't think using Update would accomplish the printer installation for a new user/profile.

Any thoughts?
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