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Windows Server 2012 R2 shared printer permissions

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Can someone explain to me why I need to have SERVERNAME\Administrators added to the Security tab of a shared printer on a domain-joined Server 2012 R2 in order to successfully install it on a client computer (either domain-joined or workgrouped)?

Shouldn't my own user (assigned full permissions, and a member of the local Administrators group on both the server and client) in that tab be sufficient in order to install and use the printer? I get an Access Denied error when "completing installation" on the client if I remove the SERVERNAME\Administrators group from the printer.
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I think I got it. The server itself/print service needs permission, of course. I tried adding SYSTEM instead of SERVERNAME\Administrators and the installation finished successfully. The permissions must be set to full in order to print too.

At first I thought that my server was so badly messed up that only admins could install printers and use them, but that was a red herring!

I'm trying to give only certain AD groups permission to use a certain printer, and this "problem" made me lose focus for a little while.
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I'm closing the question because I found the reason and, uhm, fix to my problem.
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