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Default Pritners randomly changing for staff with Roaming Profiles

Posted on 2014-03-19
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Windows Server 2008 R2 AD.
Windows 7 Enterprise x64 clients

We have several staff who may switch computers in different classrooms whose default printers may erratically change. Our GPO's are split so certain computers fall in different areas of the school - i.e in the east areas they have different deployed printer GPO's than those in the west.
Some staff may only stay using say 1-2 computers in the west areas, yet their printers might change to some in the east. In some cases they default to OneNote. We have no GPO's specifying default printers so I'm at loss as to why their Default Printers are now changing - especially with staff who have an office beside their classroom and always use the same default printer.

Any ideas as to the cause?
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Question by:kiwistag
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by:rick81
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all the roaming profiles have access to the same printers?  so if they login in any location all the same printers are available?

it might have something to do with the GPO's + roaming profiles.  you may need to set default printers within the GPO to force this change.
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by:kiwistag
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I've begun to move the Deployed Printers from User to Computer Configuration as I have had another site now have similar issues.

For some reason the printers don't seem to be static for some staff. This could be due to user rather than computer assignment.
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Ae have just done a rollout of all new copiers. It seems that on many PC's it defaulted to OneNote.
Part of the issue may be that when users move computers the default printer isn't available on that PC (due ot GPO's) so when they jump back to another computer the new default printer is missing.
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by:kiwistag
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Issue wasn't directly resolved, but is related to user preferences rather than GPO's
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