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Group Policy Preference Limits

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  • Hey everyone,

    Getting mixed answers on topic.

    We have an OU with 1000+ workstations in it.  We want to create a group policy preference for adding printers to these workstations.  There are 290 printers that we would like to item level target based on hostname to these workstations.

    We have heard that there is a limit to how many preferences a workstation can process before there is noticeable impact due to the processing of a substantial amount of item level targeted preferences that the workstation needs to evaluate.

    Is there a limit to how many preferences a workstation can evaluate?

    Thank in advace

    Tuesday, August 9, 2016 6:49 PM

Answers

  • I don't know of any hard limits other than the 1000 GPO limit. I would do a few things to make the printer processing more efficient though.

    1. Don't set the action to replace

    2. Use computer side printers so that printer is installed once 

    3. Use the same driver for multiple printers - universal print drivers

    Here is a guide on some tips I've used many times!


    If my answer helped you, check out my blog: Deploy Happiness

    Tuesday, August 9, 2016 7:18 PM
  • > We had opened a premier ticket with Microsoft and a Microsoft Architect
    > told us that we would get degraded performance if the workstation needed
    > to evaluate 15 or more preferences (which really doesn't make sense)
     
    Nah :) We have Policies in place that deploy 50 to 60 registry values
    via Preferences without notable performance degradation...
     
    And since registry values are the most probable area where you will have
    a lots of items, use Collections and filter once only for the whole
    collection.
     
    Wednesday, August 10, 2016 2:25 PM

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  • I don't know of any hard limits other than the 1000 GPO limit. I would do a few things to make the printer processing more efficient though.

    1. Don't set the action to replace

    2. Use computer side printers so that printer is installed once 

    3. Use the same driver for multiple printers - universal print drivers

    Here is a guide on some tips I've used many times!


    If my answer helped you, check out my blog: Deploy Happiness

    Tuesday, August 9, 2016 7:18 PM
  • Hi,

    Thanks for your post.

    Is there a limit to how many preferences a workstation can evaluate?

    >>>For group policy preferences, there is no limitation for processing.

    To deploy printer by GPP, here is an article below may be helpful to you.

    Configure a Shared Printer Item

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732092(v=ws.11).aspx

    Best Regards,

    Jay


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    Wednesday, August 10, 2016 7:38 AM
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  • We had opened a premier ticket with Microsoft and a Microsoft Architect told us that we would get degraded performance if the workstation needed to evaluate 15 or more preferences (which really doesn't make sense)
    Wednesday, August 10, 2016 2:17 PM
  • > We had opened a premier ticket with Microsoft and a Microsoft Architect
    > told us that we would get degraded performance if the workstation needed
    > to evaluate 15 or more preferences (which really doesn't make sense)
     
    Nah :) We have Policies in place that deploy 50 to 60 registry values
    via Preferences without notable performance degradation...
     
    And since registry values are the most probable area where you will have
    a lots of items, use Collections and filter once only for the whole
    collection.
     
    Wednesday, August 10, 2016 2:25 PM