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Setting Default Printer for Roaming Users in Group Policy Preferences

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  • Hi ,

    Apologies if this question has been asked before. We are testing GPP to map printers based on sub-net IP ranges (and delete all other printers ). One requirement is to set the users default printer when the person return to his original location. Is there a proven way to achieve this using GPP?  I thought of checking against a security group and set a particular printer as default but this could be tedious. Any ideas?

    Thanks


    Tuesday, August 11, 2015 1:43 AM

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  • Hi Lasantha Lakmal,

    Thanks for your post.

    You could use Group Policy Preferences to map and remove network for users based on their physical location while avoiding the build up of mapping if your user have roaming profiles while still preserving their default printer.

    The article give the specific details, you could have a try.

    http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2010/01/how-to-use-group-policy-preferences-to-dynamically-map-printers-with-roaming-profiles/

    Please Note: Since the web site is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

    Best Regards,

    Mary Dong


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    Wednesday, August 12, 2015 4:43 AM
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  • Hi Mary,

    Thanks for posting the article and this is exactly what we have done. Only difference is that we want to delete the default printer as well and map it back when the user moves to his original location. Can this be achieved using GPP or do we need to revert to scripting?

    Thanks

    Lasantha

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015 10:36 PM
  • Hi Lasantha Lakmal,

    You could follow the scripts to remove all mapped printer first ,after that map correct printer again. For script relate question , you might like post the question to The Official Scripting Guys Forum.

    Here is the also an article about RemovePrinterConnection Method

    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/tsbh2yy7(v=vs.84).aspx

    You could also deploy printer via group policy ,please take look the link below:

    Using Group Policies to Control Printers in Active Directory

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/234270

    Hope it is helpful.

    Best Regards,

    Mary Dong


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    Thursday, August 13, 2015 1:33 AM
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  • Hi,

    We did not find a solution for the issue but decided not to proceed at this stage. Instead, we are going ahead with location based printer mapping based on sub-nets. This thread can be closed.

    Thanks

    Sunday, August 16, 2015 10:47 PM