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Printer deployment recommendations

    General discussion

  • We manage relatively small locations (sites with 150 or less computers).  We are looking at ways to make managing printer deployment simpler and are already using GPOs but on a smaller scale (specific users/departments only).

    What is the recommended approach to deploy printers VIA GPOs.  is it better to create a GPO for each printer and thne assign users/groups to that GPO or should we apply GPOs to department level OUs.  Our largest site has 130 printers across 4 Physical (and AD) sites.

    id like to create a GPO at the domain/level but that would mean a lot of GPOs 130+, and if I apply it at the department level the GPOs would be considerably less but will require more management.  We do have a lot of users who move between sites and departments.

    Wednesday, November 11, 2015 10:22 AM

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  • > What is the recommended approach to deploy printers VIA GPOs.  is it
     
    Use Group Policy Preferences "Printers". Create ONE GPO and add all your
    printers to it. Then use Item Level Targeting to assign individual
    printers to users/computers/groups/sites as desired.
     
    Thursday, November 12, 2015 9:21 AM
  • thanks, this is why I asked my question here, I never even thought about doing it this way.
    Thursday, November 12, 2015 10:51 AM
  • > thanks, this is why I asked my question here, I never even thought about
    > doing it this way.
     
    :-)
     
    It is much faster to have all printers in one GPO - the result is ONE
    XML file that the client will read. If you spread it over multiple GPOs,
    they first have to be evaluated and then from each applied GPO a
    separate (smaller) XML has to be read.
     
    And as we all know: Reading the same amount of data in one big file or
    hundrets of small ones makes a huge difference :)
     
    Friday, November 13, 2015 11:32 AM