Using ADs to setup printers at workstations

Hi all,

I have two ADs setup in a system (same domain) which are installed with MS Windows 2008 R2 standard edition.

At these two ADs, the "Print and Document servies" are installed. Then a GPO is created to deploy a printer to clients automatically. However, currenlty,  from user's point of view, there are two printing devices on the client side even for a single pritner.

May I know if it is possible to setup a single pritner device on the client side such that user can use the printing function with only one AD available (i.e. there is a automatic pritner server failover).

According to the link below, it seems that a "Print Server Failover Cluster" may suit my need. But it needs to setup at Windows 2008 enterprise edition.

Is there any other way to achieve my goal? Please advise. Thanks.

CP Lau
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
By "two ADs" I assume you mean two domain controllers. If that's correct then the way Microsoft odd ng highly available printing now is with a hyper-V cluster with a print server VM. The print cluster role has been deprecated.
ee_lcpaaAuthor Commented:
Hi Cliff,

It seems that the first thing that I need to consider is to upgrade the existing OS (Windows 2008 R2 standard edition) to Windows 2008 R2 enterpise edition. Right?
Cliff GaliherCommented:
That would be one of many rrquirements, yes. So whether that the "first" thing is debatable. The cost of shared storage and other factors are equally important. They all require consideration.

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No, you need to install and configure the print server role.
Using print management, add the printers to the server making sure under the share tabs, additional drivers, add the x86 drivers for the printer.
You can then use GPO computer OU to distribute the drivers without the need for you to login into each system.
Pushprinterconnection.exe (32bit) should be in the startup as the app to run.

You can then use user based gpp to set which of the printers you push are default, etc.

You of course can also use user GPO with the pushprinterconnection.exe as the login script.
ee_lcpaaAuthor Commented:
Hi Arnold,

I have setup the "Printer Server" role at the two domain controllers in my system.

Currenlty, my issue that I have two devices shown at a client workstation for the same pritner. This is quite confusing to users.

Do you mean that I am able to only show one printer device at a client workstation (with the capabitliy to failover the printing function between the two domain controllers if one of the DC fails) without the need to use Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise edition?

Please clarify. Thanks.
You deploy a printer from one with the other as the backup should the first fail.
With both printers deployed through a different print server, you could use GPP to define the pair as pooling printers.  The printer name should be the same, just that it is being provided through a different server.
Printer1 on DC1, Printer2 on DC2.
All people need to know is to printer to Printer1.

You could use GPP or login script to designate which is the default printer for users based on OU/Location.

The transition of the printer should the DC become unavailable would require the publication of the printers from the second DC.  
I think your reference to Enterprise, suggests you want to have a clustered Print Server setup.
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