Missing Deployed Printers from Group Policy Objects

Hello all,

I wanted to do a simple printer deployment with GPO from a Windows 2012 R2 Server.  When I create a new GPO I don't see Deployed Printers under Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Windows Settings like the picture below:
Here's what I should see
Here's what I see:
Here's what I actually see
I've tried downloading the latest .ADMX files and I created a central store for them.  I see the server is getting it's policies from the central store, but I'm still not seeing Deployed Printers.

Any ideas what I'm missing?

Jim MezoAsked:
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Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
Check under Preferences
Jim MezoAuthor Commented:
Yeah, I can share it via preferences in User Configuration and it works fine, but I'd rather make it a computer configuration policy that does it by share.  We have a lot of users that move around, so I'd rather them get the printer that's within a close proximity to the PC they're at.

Under preferences in Computer Configuration there's an option for printers, but it doesn't allow me to do it by share.

I appreciate the response, but I'm more curious as to why I don't see the options I'm supposed to be seeing.  Am I missing some policy definitions?  Do I need the Print manager role on this DC to have the Deployed Printers settings available?
Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
You can achieve this by creating a policy that does this for the user via GPP User Printers and linking that policy to the AD Site for the location. You can also change it to loopback and link it to the computer OU
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Only administrative templates are controlled my .admx files. Every other item in GPMC is a registered .dll. Missing items usually means a bad/corrupt install of GPMC. Is this on a management station or an old machine?
Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
Seems you have to install print server role
  1. Server Manager, select Roles, click Add Roles
  2. Click Next and check Print and Document Services box
  3. Click Next and check Print Server box
  4. Click Next and Install to install printer server role.

Add the "RSAT - Print & Document Services Tool" using "Add Features" in the Server Manager

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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Thus my question if this was a management station or not. It isn't deprecated as your (deleted?) comment suggested.
Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
No, not depreciated. I thought it was but checked
Jim MezoAuthor Commented:
This was on a domain controller that I'm using Group Policy Manager.  The printer itself isn't on this DC, it's on a separate print server.

It looks like installing the Print Server role did the trick.  As soon as I installed it and rebooted, I now have the Deployed Printers option under Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Windows Settings.

Thanks all!
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