RD Server 2012 removed printers keep coming back


I have had this problem for days now and I can't figure out the solution.
We have recently migrated from 2008r2 to server 2012.

We have mulitple RD server 2012's and 1 server 2012 configured as a print server.

If I remove a printer on the RD server after a few minutes the printer comes back.
A normal user can't remove those printers and they are visible to everyone.

When I check in the registry and the C:\windows\system32\spool folder I can see multiple print servers. Some of them aren't even in use anymore. After deleting those they also come back up.

As said, I have already deleted all the folders in C:\Windows\System32\spool\SERVERS except the print server we are currently using.

In the registry I have tried deleting:

1. All the keys in:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Print\Providers\Client Side Rendering Print Provider

2. All the keys in:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Print\Providers\Client Side Rendering Print Provider

3. The obsolete print servers in:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Print\Providers\Client Side Rendering Print Provider\Servers

The keys in the "Client Side Rendering Print Provider" folders in the registry are all empty. I have restored them but I can delete them again.

I have also found this solution:

The solution is to delete a port monitor which the blog seems hopeless to help identify.  The things I deleted were:
Look at the printers listed in
hkey_local_machine\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Drivers\Version-3.  Where the "Print Processor" value was not "winprint", or not blank, delete the printer's key.
Look at the Print Processors listed in
hkey_local_machine\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Print Processors.  Delete all the non-winprint print processors.

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But I'm not sure it is safe to delete those keys as some printers use another print processor other than winprint.

Am I missing something obvious? This is a very annoying issue for me and the users.

Thank you in advance
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Log on script?

Printers delivered by GPO?

Printers delivered by GPPrefs?

There are any number of ways a printer can be delivered to an endpoint. Since they keep coming back it's best to find the delivery source instead of deleting what was delivered.
ItxxAuthor Commented:
I have already checked that. We don't use gpo's nor preferences for the printers.

There is also 1 printer connected from a totally different print server in our network but from another company.
Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
If a user logs in and their local printer has a suitable driver on the server, the server will automatically create that printer.  You can disable that behavior globally with a policy or distribute a saved RDP which has printers unchecked on the local resources tab; but, I don't think you can do it on a per user basis.
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ItxxAuthor Commented:
No that isn't the problem either.
The printers are connected via a print server. Printer redirection is disabled.
Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
Are they appearing on the print server, too?
ItxxAuthor Commented:
They are installed on the print server. Or what do you mean?
And some of them keep popping back up on the RD server after deletion.
Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
If they are installed on the print server, I would think they would automatically repopulate on the RD server as part of AD so you might need to delete them on the print server first.

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