Windows Server 2008 R2 Thread, Using Group Policy to set up Printers in Technical; I have had a look and can't find an answer to this.
We want to move away from log on ...
20th November 2012, 04:46 PM #1
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Using Group Policy to set up Printers
I have had a look and can't find an answer to this.
We want to move away from log on scripts and use group policy to map our printers.
I can set up printers by going to user config in GP management and add them that way, but I would like a machine policy so that when you log onto a certain PC you will only get the printer for that room.
In an ideal world I would like to be able to set up a user policy for their default printer ( the one in the staffroom for example) and a machine policy for the printer that is where they are currently working.
I think this should be possible, but I am struggling with the machine part.
Any help would be really appreciated
20th November 2012, 04:52 PM #2
The way I've done this is through Group Policy Preferences in the user configuration. I have then applied filters to say certain types or users or machines can log on through the Common Tab under Item-Level Targeting.
If you do a bit of a google about you can find information on this, but it's pretty straight forward. Just be sure to tick the Remove this item when no longer applied button. Makes life a lot easier if you come to change something later.
20th November 2012, 08:04 PM #3
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Just looked at Item level targetting, exactly what I was looking for.
Have you noticed if it slows log in times down much.
20th November 2012, 10:41 PM #4
No worries Simon
We have 18 printers through the school being shared out depending on user and/or computer location, and it add's a couple of seconds perhaps.. nothing too major that I've really noticed to be fair..
21st November 2012, 08:56 AM #5
User Loopback Policy Processing Mode set to Merge (under computer admin templates, system/group policy iirc) lets you set a user setting (i.e. printer) on a computer OU. Would also work.
I just moved away from GPO and GPP printers to scripts for the first time, interestingly. GPO wasn't removing printers when people moved between rooms, and GPP was unreliable; scripting has so far been the fastest and the best method for deploying printers on Win7. Any reason why you're moving away?
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