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Lock Printer properties using GPO

    Question

  • Hello Friends,

    Is it possible to lock printer properties using GPO (W2k8)?

    I have a problem that printer options are changing every time .For example I want duplex by default to be enabled on the printer but its not working.

    Thanks for any help

    regards

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 11:31 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    no this is not possible as far as I know.

    I think you better focus on the issue itself. One thing to keep in mind is that how this is configured depends on the printer driver. When setting printer defaults on the printserver, these settings are not 'pushed' to the clients. Instead they are used as defaults when clients connect the printerqueue. The user is free to change settings after initial connection.

    A possible method would be to configure a logon script that deletes and reconnects the printers. this way, the printers have 'fresh' settings each time the user logs on.

    Some manufacturers offer tools to lock features in the driver, so clients installing from the print server no longer have the ability to change settings (like duplex). For such functionality you should refer to the manufacturer of your specific device.


    MCP/MCSA/MCTS/MCITP

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 12:07 PM
  • Hi,

    When a printer is installed on a network, default printer permissions are assigned that allow all users to print, and allow select groups to manage the printer, the documents sent to it, or both. Because the printer is available to all users on the network, you might want to limit access for some users by assigning specific printer permissions. You could apply or modify permission entries for printer using Group Policy.

    You can refer to the following articles to troubleshoot your issues:
    Assigning printer permissions
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc773372(v=WS.10).aspx
    To set or remove permissions for a printer
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/print_limit_accessw.mspx?mfr=true
    Apply or modify permission entries for objects using Group Policy
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc756952(v=WS.10).aspx
    How to use Group Policy settings to control printers in Active Directory
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/234270

    Regards,


    Mandy Ye

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013 7:33 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    no this is not possible as far as I know.

    I think you better focus on the issue itself. One thing to keep in mind is that how this is configured depends on the printer driver. When setting printer defaults on the printserver, these settings are not 'pushed' to the clients. Instead they are used as defaults when clients connect the printerqueue. The user is free to change settings after initial connection.

    A possible method would be to configure a logon script that deletes and reconnects the printers. this way, the printers have 'fresh' settings each time the user logs on.

    Some manufacturers offer tools to lock features in the driver, so clients installing from the print server no longer have the ability to change settings (like duplex). For such functionality you should refer to the manufacturer of your specific device.


    MCP/MCSA/MCTS/MCITP

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 12:07 PM
  • If you deploy the printer to the user side using Group Policy Preferences, any printer setting on the share will apply to the users as well.

    Set the print action to replace and all settings will revert to what you set every 90 minutes.


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    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 2:02 PM
  • You could also use What's Changed to find the registry keys that are being edited. Then use a scheduled task to change them back.

    http://deployhappiness.com/what-changed-how-to-control-any-program-and-set-any-setting/ 


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    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 2:10 PM
  • Hi,

    When a printer is installed on a network, default printer permissions are assigned that allow all users to print, and allow select groups to manage the printer, the documents sent to it, or both. Because the printer is available to all users on the network, you might want to limit access for some users by assigning specific printer permissions. You could apply or modify permission entries for printer using Group Policy.

    You can refer to the following articles to troubleshoot your issues:
    Assigning printer permissions
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc773372(v=WS.10).aspx
    To set or remove permissions for a printer
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/print_limit_accessw.mspx?mfr=true
    Apply or modify permission entries for objects using Group Policy
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc756952(v=WS.10).aspx
    How to use Group Policy settings to control printers in Active Directory
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/234270

    Regards,


    Mandy Ye

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013 7:33 AM