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    Question Setting printer as default using GP

    Hi,

    I have set printers using print management which adds the printers using group policy. I have then set the default printer by adding the printers to the user configuration (Preferences\Control Panel Settings\Printers) where I add the printer as a shared printer. I have then selected the default option for the printer I want to set as default. I have then added the OUs which this GP is for in the item targetting level.

    This policy sets the correct printer however doesn't set the correct default printer.

    Has anyone deployed printers in server 2008 using group policy and been able to set the correct default printer?

    Thanks in advance

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    Thius seems to work 98% of the time.
    All printers are deployed via Print Management as Machine policy, in the same policy have set policy loopback to merge and then set the user preferences to the shared printer as default and targeted to the OU where the computers are located. I have however found that If I allocate the policy to laptops where I might not want a default printer set that it seems to set the default printer???

    Hope this helps.

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    It does set a default printer however it does not set the printer I have selected in the group policy to be the default printer, it just sets any printer out of the ones deployed as default.

    Hope someone can help.

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    Are you adding it to a computer or users OU? Have you enabled loopback processing?

    There was a great article about this, but seems to have vanished - there's an archive here, but has no images: Set Default Printer with Windows 2008 Server Group Policy Preferences - Set the Default Printer via Group Policy | Windows Server Administration

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    I am adding it to computer OU.

    I have not enabled loopback processing so will give that a try.

    Thanks

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    Yeah, the default printer is a user preference - so you'll want to use loopback processing to apply it per computer.

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    This hasnt worked for all users on all machines.

    Some machines have changed the default printer to the correct one but always havent.

    Tried gpupdate force but still nothing.

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    does anyone have a method which works please?

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    The method I mentioned does work, I use it here.

    You've got a configuration problem - maybe you could post the settings you've listed here - as well as running a gpresult on the client?

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    Below is the printer policy I am trying to get working. The 2 printers do appear however in most cases it doesnt select the correct printer as default.

    Thanks in advance


    ICT Printer Policy
    Data collected on: 06/01/2012 09:30:31 hide all

    Generalhide
    Detailshide
    Domain
    Owner
    Created 14/12/2011 12:24:12
    Modified 05/01/2012 12:52:28
    User Revisions 17 (AD), 17 (sysvol)
    Computer Revisions 6 (AD), 6 (sysvol)
    Unique ID {E75F35FF-5846-4780-B921-13B504D5D2C1}
    GPO Status Enabled

    Linkshide
    Location Enforced Link Status Path
    ICT Suite No Enabled DN.LOCAL/DN/Workstations/ICT Suite
    Laptops No Enabled DN.LOCAL/DN/Workstations/Laptops

    This list only includes links in the domain of the GPO.
    Security Filteringhide
    The settings in this GPO can only apply to the following groups, users, and computers:Name
    NT AUTHORITY\Authenticated Users

    Delegationhide
    These groups and users have the specified permission for this GPOName Allowed Permissions Inherited
    DN\Domain Admins Edit settings, delete, modify security No
    DN\Enterprise Admins Edit settings, delete, modify security No
    NT AUTHORITY\Authenticated Users Read (from Security Filtering) No
    NT AUTHORITY\ENTERPRISE DOMAIN CONTROLLERS Read No
    NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM Edit settings, delete, modify security No

    Computer Configuration (Enabled)hide
    Policieshide
    Windows Settingshide
    Printer Connectionshide
    Path
    \\PRINTSVR01\Library_Colour
    \\PRINTSVR01\ICT_Colour

    Administrative Templateshide
    Policy definitions (ADMX files) retrieved from the central store.System/Group Policyhide
    Policy Setting Comment
    User Group Policy loopback processing mode Enabled
    Mode: Merge


    User Configuration (Enabled)hide
    Preferenceshide
    Control Panel Settingshide
    Printershide
    Shared Printer (Name: \\PRINTSVR01\ICT_Colour)hide
    ICT_Colour (Order: 1)hide
    Generalhide
    Action Replace
    PropertiesShare Path \\PRINTSVR01\ICT_Colour
    Set this printer as default printer True
    Only if a local printer is not present False
    Local Port

    Commonhide
    OptionsStop processing items on this extension if an error occurs on this item No
    Run in logged-on user's security context (user policy option) No
    Remove this item when it is no longer applied Yes
    Item-level targeting: Organizational UnitAttribute Value
    bool AND
    not 0
    name OU=ICT Suite,OU=Workstations,OU=DN,DC=DN,DC=LOCAL
    userContext 0
    directMember 0
    Item-level targeting: Organizational UnitAttribute Value
    bool AND
    not 0
    name OU=ICT Laptops,OU=Laptops,OU=Workstations,OU=DN,DC=DN,DC= LOCAL
    userContext 0
    directMember 0
    Item-level targeting: Organizational UnitAttribute Value
    bool AND
    not 0
    name OU=LS Laptops,OU=Laptops,OU=Workstations,OU=DN,DC=DN,DC= LOCAL
    userContext 0
    directMember 0

    Shared Printer (Name: \\PRINTSVR01\Library_Colour)hide
    Library_Colour (Order: 2)hide
    Generalhide
    Action Replace
    PropertiesShare Path \\PRINTSVR01\Library_Colour
    Set this printer as default printer False
    Local Port

    Commonhide
    OptionsStop processing items on this extension if an error occurs on this item No
    Run in logged-on user's security context (user policy option) No
    Remove this item when it is no longer applied Yes

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    You might wanna try setting the user GPP parts to 'update' rather than 'replace'

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    Quote Originally Posted by drk84 View Post
    does anyone have a method which works please?
    Just to confirm that I have the exact same setup as Domino and it works fine.
    Looks like we followed the same article, shame its gone as it was very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Just to confirm that I have the exact same setup as Domino and it works fine.
    Looks like we followed the same article, shame its gone as it was very good.
    Aye, I wish I'd taken a copy of it, it was so useful

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    You might wanna try setting the user GPP parts to 'update' rather than 'replace'
    I have changed it to update and still nothing. I have now even re-done the policy again using that link you had put before.

    One thing is do I still need to have the printers in the print management console or do I remove the printers from there?
    Also I have put this policy under the workstation OU is this ok or does it need to go under the user OU?

    Thanks for your help again and sorry for being such a pain - gets frustrating when something work and you dont know why :S

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    Computer OU is fine - it's the most useful that way as your users get the right printers for the computer location.

    You just need loopback processing to be working - it sounds like that's falling down.

    The printers should still be in the management console - and they also need to be listed in the directory for this to work properly.

    Although looking at that config again - have you got the GPP item level processing listing AND joins for various OUs?

    You probably want to right click those and change them to ORs - as the machine can only be in one OU

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