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Printing Defaults not being updated

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  • Hi all

    I'm employed by a large printer Company and have on several occasions seen some strange behaviour between printservers and clients. The case is something along theese lines:

    1. standard domain, Printserver, TCP/IP-Printqueue

    2. printqueue being distributed to clients with a printing defaults settings

    3. clients being installed through either point&print, gpo and default settings being Applied as 'printing preferences' from the printservers printing defaults

    So far all of the above 3 steps are working 100%

    Now comes to the problem.

    1. one printqueue on the printserver requires an update of the driver.

    2. the driver will be installed through printmanagement, drivers

    3. printqueue, properties, advanced, change to new driver, click apply.

    4. click advanced, printing defaults, set driver as intended (print PPD are 2-sided, color from manufacturer). but we would like 1-sided, b&W. So the printdefaults will be set to 1-sided & B&W

    5. Settings are being Applied to server and in effect BUT clients will not get the 'new' settings.

    Does a solutions exist besides deleting queues and readding them Again?

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 2:04 PM

Answers

  • I'm sorry but you probably do not help.

    I deploy printers from print servers via GPO and if I change default printer properties, after some time it will be changed. If I use gpupdate /force, changed will be immediatly at my clients, I tested this. 

    Perhaps it is, because gpupdate /force updating all printers on client again and at this time read and apply printing defaults.

    Friday, March 27, 2015 9:00 AM

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  • You can try gpupdate /force (type it into command prompt, this force GPO's applied on clients) it working for me on clients, if I changed default printer properties on printer deployed with Print Server.

    If this doesn't help, just remove printer from clients computer and again install it. If you install printers using GPO, in Print Management remove printer from gpo using Deploy with Group Policy, wait for application GPO and then deploy printer with GPO.

    Test it on one client. I think it is simplest solution.




    • Edited by thennet Thursday, March 26, 2015 7:03 AM
    Thursday, March 26, 2015 6:58 AM
  • Hi Thennet

    I know for a fact (at least in customers enviroment and our test enviromet) that gpupdate /force does not push 'new' printing defaults to clients ...

    and I also know that a 'remove / reinstall' fixes the problem ...

    But its quite messy to remove drivers/installations onto 2000 computers depending on different OU's.
    It really requires some manual Labour. Not everybody in the same organisation need the same printer and I'm aware of doing a 'remove all P&P-queues but then in MOST cases thats not a viable solutions either as people CAN have individual queues.

    It would be nice if there were a GPO that simply told clients to rewrite 'printing defaults' from server to local users profile ....

    Thursday, March 26, 2015 9:03 PM
  • I'm sorry but you probably do not help.

    I deploy printers from print servers via GPO and if I change default printer properties, after some time it will be changed. If I use gpupdate /force, changed will be immediatly at my clients, I tested this. 

    Perhaps it is, because gpupdate /force updating all printers on client again and at this time read and apply printing defaults.

    Friday, March 27, 2015 9:00 AM