Problems with GPO Printer Deployment
Posted on 2016-11-23
I have a customer who has a 2012 R2 Essentials server and Windows 7 Professional 32-bit workstations. They have one printer on the network. A Color LaserJet 4700. They have several "printer profiles" such as "Landscape Tray 1", "Labels Tray 2", on and on. I told them to add the printer to the server several times and than set the printer preference, change the name to reflect the preference and then I could deploy the different preferences to all the workstations.
They had 10 different preferences set up as different printers. I deployed all 10 via GPO. All 10 deployed and the printer names are fine but the printer preferences went back to the defaults on the workstations. I always thought that was the way to do it. That way you could change the printer preferences on the server and the changes would propagate down to the workstation but this time all the preferences went back to the default.
It I look at the printer preferences on the server they are fine and set properly. They just didn't make it to the workstations. What did I miss?