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Mapping Printers in mixed environment by Dept RRS feed

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  • We’re currently in the process of moving away from Login Scripts (KiX in particular) and doing everything with Group Policy, which is working perfect for the most part.

     

    The problem we have is with printers; Using Group Policy Preferences work perfectly when mapping shared printers on Windows XP but doesn’t work with Windows 7 what so ever. I’m continuously seeing suppressed errors in the Event Viewer, even after trying many different options from changing the “Point and Print” settings in Group Policy to trying to disable Driver Signing but can’t get it to work.

     

    Just found the option of deploying printers from the Print Server via Group Policy which works perfectly with Windows 7 but not with XP – this option is kind of messy also as there’s no “config” so to speak. The nicety of GPP was that we could apply a printer to a department using the Item-Level Targetting but of course this method you would need a separate GPO for each printer to achieve this (unless I’m mistaken?).

     

    Basically, I am wanting to find out what people use for deploying printers to a mixed environment with the ability to do departmental type deployment.

     

    Look forward to any and all responses.

     

    Allan

    Toyota NZ

    Monday, April 12, 2010 4:45 AM

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    Basically, I am wanting to find out what people use for deploying printers to a mixed environment with the ability to do departmental type deployment.


    Hi Allan,

    We use Group Policy for quite a lot of things, such as folder redirection, Office 2007, Windows Desktop and IE proxy settings, but for complex settings where the user demands just can't be met via Group Policy, this does not work or works badly and becomes incredibly hard to administer.

    Therefore, I do many such things still from our VBS logon script. I have my own InGroup() function, which includes sub-group memberships. I use that to map drives and connect printers or apply any other setting that requires this to be done via group memberships. I also read what floor of what building a user is on from AD and query AD to connect all printers on that floor automatically.

    This  works very well for both our XP and Windows 7 PCs.

    Cheers,

    Rob

    Monday, April 12, 2010 10:37 PM