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    Print Management Console, set default printer?

    Simple question, can this be done in Print Management Console as I cant seem to find a way.

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    To be certain : You want to set a default printer for users in the PMC ?
    -printer assignment is only possible via loginscript or GPO...printer settings/behavior are done via PMC

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    It can be done in Group Policy on 2008. You must have the group policy extensions for 2008 installed on the computer.
    I think it can only be done in the Per User section, so you have to create it on a GP object for users. Then if you want to have different printers or defaults installed for different rooms, you must restrict them. (You use the 3rd tab along, can't remember what's it's called).

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    So for 2003 R2 you can deploy the printers but not set one as default without some form of logon script?

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    dosent it default to either the first or last printer in the list on the gpo?

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    I dont know, I will test it out and let you know.

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    Group Policy Preferences AKA Client Side Extensions does work on a 2003 domain and windows xp clients (you should already have the cse installed by now but you can use wsus or gpo to deploy).
    You will however need to define the policies from a Vista or Windows 7 PC. This is how I do it for my XP clients, you can also remove existing shared printers and use item level targeting (which ou to apply to etc) all without touching a script.

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    OP - are you on a 2003 or 2008 domain?
    2008 - then do what chazzy said (which is what I was trying to say, but not so clearly!)
    2003 - options are more limited. XP will set a default printer for you, but if you've got (for example) an XPS driver installed, then that will become your default printer. However, I've written a add in for group policy and a script that will set a printer on a per-machine basis. See here (read some of the troubleshooting steps below too).

    EDIT: Actually, read some explanation above too (post 6). Explains how the script works. Good luck.
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    Not sure if it is still the same but If I recall correctly at least in server 2003 R2 - the default printer was set based on the naming convention of the printer ( as it set the default by the most alphabetic name ) ie

    AA Printer
    ZZYY Printer

    AA Printer would be set as default

    Worth a shot I guess

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    we had the same problem, on 2003 as above, its done alphabetically. we had a script to set default printer which would run on client when run from the local machine but couldnt get it to work over the network so in the end gave up and just changed the name of the printer as it was only 2 which were not not setting as default that we needed to, the other rooms we got lucky with in that they just happen to default to the ones we want due to the naming convention we use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eean View Post
    OP - are you on a 2003 or 2008 domain?
    2008 - then do what chazzy said (which is what I was trying to say, but not so clearly!)
    2003 - options are more limited. XP will set a default printer for you, but if you've got (for example) an XPS driver installed, then that will become your default printer. However, I've written a add in for group policy and a script that will set a printer on a per-machine basis. See here (read some of the troubleshooting steps below too).

    EDIT: Actually, read some explanation above too (post 6). Explains how the script works. Good luck.
    When I import the adm I get this error -
    1.JPG
    I have tripple checked and line 12 definatly says -
    END CATEGORY
    It still adds but shows these options -

    2.JPG

    Is this correct?
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    • File Type: jpg 1.JPG (30.9 KB, 11 views)

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    LOL! Adding a new line to the end of the ADM fixed it.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHR1S View Post
    LOL! Adding a new line to the end of the ADM fixed it.....
    what line did you add ?

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    just a blank line after the last entry

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    Seems to be working great, thanks for all your help

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