Network printers in Thin Client Environment

We have a small (but rapidly expanding) Thin Client environment, running on a Server with Server 2012 R2 configured as a Session Host. Our Thin Clients - mainly HP T520, WES7 - establish a RDP session to the server, and I have all the applications installed on the server. Everything seems to be working well, but now I'm having a hard time figuring out a good way of handling our 50 odd networked printers.

How would you recommend I proceed with installing the printers? Do I install them all locally on the TS, do I install them on each users' session using GPO? Or do you have any other alternatives?
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Riaan SmithNetwork AdministratorAsked:
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantCommented:
I would want to know how much printing is actually done and how many thin clients will need printers? My suggestions will vary depending on how much printing is done and how many users will need access to them.
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yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
Are your users that are using these thin clients always in the same location where the printers are?
If so you can leverage GPP (Group Policy Preferences) within GPMC (Group Policy Management Console) to distribute the printers.  I have an article the was published here on EE that outlines and explains how to do this.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/11321/Deploying-Printers-using-Group-Policy-Preferences.html

Does this seem like a viable solution for you?
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arnoldCommented:
I will concur with yo_bee's suggestion.
Presumably you have the networked printers attached to print server/s
GPO/GPP to push printers user session.

If the printers are different, making sure the drivers are installed, you may have to make sure similar printers use the same driver version.
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Riaan SmithNetwork AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Hi everyone, thank you for your valuable input. Yo_bee, no the users might move around, and sometimes they also need to print to a printer in another dept.

What I have done, and so far it seems to be working very well - I've installed the printers onto the TS as TCP printers. I then removed the "allow print for everyone" from the security for all the printers. From there I add the user names to the printers security settings and "allow print". So this way, when I add a user name to the printers' security settings, it immediately appears on the users' session. Same for when I remove it, it immediately disappears.

I also tested to make sure that each user may still set their own Default Printer, and that is also working well.

I will mark Yo-bee's suggestion as accepted solution, since it is very valuable, and if this plan of mine does not work out, I will be using that idea.
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yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
IF you rather you can go to the article and say that it helped you since it really is not a solution to your actual question.
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Riaan SmithNetwork AdministratorAuthor Commented:
I selected my own comment as a possible solution since that was the route I took to solve my "problem", and it is working well so far without any issues. If it does fail however, I would use Yo-Bee's article.
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