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(re)pushing and removing network printers deployed through GP

    Question

  • Hi,

    We're deploying our printers through Print Management, "Deploy with Group Policy" per user.

    All seems to be working pretty well, but I have a few questions:

    1. How can a client remove the printers that were pushed? I've tried a batch script that does the following:

    net stop spooler
    REG DELETE HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Printers\Connections\,,NTCW9,A0_HP4015_BW /f
    net start spooler

    Although messy, it works, but I wonder if there's a different approach?

    Our AD is built in a way that all users from an office belong to the same OU, so changing the GPO settings is not an option. Allowing users to remove GP pushed printers only occurs very rarely, so no elaborate change should be required.

    2. If the above script runs, I notice that the printers are not pushed again to the client. I've tried this with two users. Is there a way to export the pushed printers to something the user can run locally? (script or anything)

    Thursday, May 15, 2014 8:10 AM

Answers

  • First of all this is a strange request since you are asking how to manually undo a group policy setting that you are purposefully deploying to the end user.  But anyway, if I were tasked with this dilemma and I had users that just couldn't bear to be mapped to a printer they don't want to use I would just change the policy so it doesn't apply to all "Authenticated Users" and use group membership instead.  By the way, is this a technical issue you are trying to solve, or are your end users complaining cause they have too many printers in their printer selection menu?
    Thursday, May 15, 2014 8:30 PM

All replies

  • First of all this is a strange request since you are asking how to manually undo a group policy setting that you are purposefully deploying to the end user.  But anyway, if I were tasked with this dilemma and I had users that just couldn't bear to be mapped to a printer they don't want to use I would just change the policy so it doesn't apply to all "Authenticated Users" and use group membership instead.  By the way, is this a technical issue you are trying to solve, or are your end users complaining cause they have too many printers in their printer selection menu?
    Thursday, May 15, 2014 8:30 PM
  • Hi,

    Just check if Joe's suggestion can help you. If any update, please feel free to let us know.


    Best regards,

    Justin Gu

    Monday, May 19, 2014 2:02 AM