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Group Policy and Default Printer Setting. Printer Not showing up on client.

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  • Hi,

    I have server 2008 with vista clients,all on latest updates.

    I have the correct GP extensions installed on clients.
    I'm using the policy option for user control panel settings to set a shared printer as the default printer targeted to a specific OU.
    When I run the simulation the printer is correctly mapped.
    I have loopback enabled.

    but the printer will not appear. Printer connections are good and printer can be reached and test page printed from both server and client.

    Am I missing a setting to have the printer appear on the client machine as default after gpupdate /Force?

    my settings are identical to the settings in this article

    Thanks in advance,
    Greg


    Wednesday, February 10, 2010 6:55 PM

Answers

  • Hi Greg,

    You may install the updates (KB943729 and KB915865). In addition,you should edit GPP polices.
    Computer Configuration>Policies>Administrative Templates>System>Group Policy and enable this settings: Drive Maps Policy Processing, Printer Policy Processing, User Group Policy loopback processing mode.

    Here is a great online article about deploy printers through Windows 2008 GPP. 

    http://www.msserveradmin.com/the-one-reason-you-should-use-group-policy-preferences/

    In addition, please also apply the following GPP hotfix on the problematic clients. 

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974266/

    Best Regards,
    Wilson Jia

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    • Marked as answer by Wilson Jia Friday, February 12, 2010 7:55 AM
    Thursday, February 11, 2010 9:12 AM