Published printers dissapearing from AD RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi All,

    We are struggling with an annoying
    problem that we can't seem to resolve, so I thougth I'd just post it

    This is our infrastructure in a nutshell:

    6 remote sites that each connect to a central datacenter over a WAN link. Every site has it's
    own DC and print server (Windows Server 2012 & Windows Server 2008R2
    respectively). For every remote site, an AD site was created.

    When we add printers to the print servers, the printers get published in AD. We can see the
    print queue objects being created and we can do AD lookups so no problem there.
    However, after 24 hours the printers are deleted from AD.

    I've then enabled the printer pruning events on all DC's an was able to see that the
    remote DC's are trying to reach the print servers of other AD sites. This will
    always fail because intersite communication isn't allowed (only to the datacenter).

    Apparently the DC on site 1 is trying to reach the print
    server on site 2 (TCP 445). When this fails 3 times, the printers gets pruned
    from AD.

    So my question is:

    Shouldn't a DC be aware of what print servers are on the same AD site as he and only prune published printers from those print servers?
    Or should all DC's be able to reach all the print servers in a given domain?

    I hope someone can shed some light on this


    • Edited by Cpt. Molo Monday, October 7, 2013 1:48 PM layout
    • Changed type pbbergs [MSFT] Wednesday, October 9, 2013 11:56 AM
    Monday, October 7, 2013 6:28 AM