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Group Policy Preferences - adding printer questions

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  • I am looking to use Group Policy Preferences for Computer Configuration in order to deploy TCP/IP Printer connections to end-users. 

    The idea is I would use Item Level Targeting, and check whether the User or Computer is part of the respective Security Group created for that printer, and add it.    

    My questions are:

    1. If that user is a local Admin on the computer, can they change the driver of the printer deployed to them in this fashion?

    2. If they change the driver of the printer, does that only change the driver for the local instance of printer, or does it actually change the driver on the server for everyone else who is connected to it? 

    3. If it's only the local driver, then how can Group Policy Preferences update the printer connection to enforce a particular driver? If user changes to Post Script because they installed that, how can GPrefs update it to go back to the PCL driver specified on the server? 
    Friday, July 01, 2016 1:23 PM

Answers

  • > I am looking to use Group Policy Preferences for Computer Configuration
    > in order to deploy TCP/IP Printer connections to end-users.
     
    Did you do initial tests on how it works? There's a bug in the IP
    printer port created - it is always named IP_2.0.0.0 and its target is
    always 2.0.0.0...
     
    > 1. If that user is a local Admin on the computer, can they change the
    > driver of the printer deployed to them in this fashion?
     
    Yes. An Admin is an admin. Repeat as required :)
     
    > 2. If they change the driver of the printer, does that only change the
    > driver for the local instance of printer, or does it actually change the
    > driver on the server for everyone else who is connected to it?
     
    Only local instance.
     
    > 3. If it's only the local driver, then how can Group Policy Preferences
    > update the printer connection to enforce a particular driver? If user
    > changes to Post Script because they installed that, how can GPrefs
    > update it to go back to the PCL driver specified on the server?
     
    Set it to "replace" instead of "update". But be cautios - this will
    introduce severe delays in startup/logon if printer drivers are behind a
    slow connection...
     
    Or do not make your users Admins. Or educate them properly.
     
    Friday, July 01, 2016 2:00 PM