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    How to start from scratch.... Printers

    Hey Guys

    Don't know why but a certain printer keeps disconnecting from all the computers and won't reconnect. Since I've been deleting it from GP and re-createing it all computer now have like 5 copys of the same printer one says connected and the other 4 don't. Is there anyway I can get GP to delete all printers on every computer and just remap the two that I need like a fresh start?

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    set a delete all printers object in a group policy preference as the first printer.ScreenHunter_45 Jan. 09 09.21.jpg

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    But surely this will take a while for all computers to Delete All and apply that setting then I'll have some teacher still seeing the printers and other not and I'd have to go round and manually check each machine until I'm happy that has applied, then re-deploy all printers again? Or is this not how it works?

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    as shown in the attached image you would set a grou policy preference to delete all printers as the first printer object then add the printers required as second / third objects. as this is a gp preference this updates every 15 minutes by default.

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    Ok so I'm under User Configuration - Policies - Windows Setting - Deployed Printers, how do I add the Delete all printers option?? I have also seen the same printers a listed under User Configuration - Preferences - Control Panel Settings - Printers do I need to do this for both??

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    ScreenHunter_45 Jan. 09 09.54.jpg we use group policy preferences as attached image shows.

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    We also have our Group Policy Preferences set to delete all printers as the first task, then it worries about which of our 60 printers it should be mapping based on targeting information.

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    Ok so I'm best off to delete all the printers from group policy - policies and then add this "Delete all" policy to the top of preferences?

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    Yes.

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    Ok thankyou it's our default domain policy so I didn't want to mess it up haha!

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    Why are you putting it into the default domain policy??

    It's would be better to have it in one of your other policies, or even a dedicated one which is what we did (that way anyone that replaces us can clearly see that "Printer Deployment" policy does what it says)

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    As Boredguy says, create a new policy for example called "printers" and put the the delete all printer as the first object and then add your printers after that. Apply that policy to a test OU to ensure you have it working correctly and then apply it to where you need it after that.

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    Good feedback. Done & Done thanks guys

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