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    Printer Deployment Issues

    Hi,

    I'm having major issues with printer deployment.

    There are a number of windows 7 machines where printer deployment only works intermittently.

    I have tried
    • Different logins
    • Postscript, PCL5 and PCL6 (plus universal) Drivers
    • Deploying via group policy (both users and computers)
    • Deploying via a logon script

    Occasionally it will work, and appears to be resolved but then someone else or the same person can log back in and the printers are not there again. It's not specific to certain machines either. One time it will work and then it won't.

    Windows 7, Server 2008R2, HP Laserjet

    Any help appreciated. Driving me nuts!

    Cheers

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    Printers listed in AD ?
    Are other GPO's applying ?
    what happens if you run gpupdate on the client ?

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    The users having the problem are they different types or the same e.g are they all students or mixed between staff and students? If it is the former it could be GPO inheritance causing the problem.

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    They are all different types of users - teachers and students in various year group in different OUs. Even logging in as admin sometimes they may not appear.

    The printers are listed in AD, other GPOs applying fine and GPupdate GPO doesn't help the issue

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    Is the server they are connected to are they in the list as normal or do they say offline or error?

    from a computer that has failed to link to the printers can you ping them?

    Are the printers on a different VLan from the computers?

    sorry if this is no help.

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    No, it's fine. Thanks for replying

    The printers are all online and ready, they are on the same VLAN. I havn't tried to ping them actually. I will give that a go now, I suspect a ping will be successful.

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    As a test you could try and make a test user that only has the the printer GPO and see if that works, if so it could be a setting in another GPO causing the trouble.

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    Are there any point and print restrictions in place on the network?

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    Morning, no there are no point and print restrictions. I will try the test user this morning, thanks. I was able to ping the printers

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    Quote Originally Posted by smacrory1980 View Post
    Morning, no there are no point and print restrictions. I will try the test user this morning, thanks. I was able to ping the printers
    How did the test user work out?

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    I still get the same issues I'm afraid. I also put one of the workstations in another group with no other policies applied and still got the same problem. So, it doesn't appear to be a group policy or inheritance issue. I can't find any network issues either. I will investigate the workstations today and see what I can find. Any other ideas?

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    Hmm could their be an issue with the drivers for the printers?

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    Search for this file on Microsoft's website MicrosoftFixitPrinterSpool50984.msi
    It fixes some registry corruptions that you may have.

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    I had those kind of weird problems when I tried gpo deployed printers. Could not find a reason for it so went back to our old login script that uses rundll32 printui.dll
    That thing never goes wrong.

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    I get the same issue using a script as well! If sharing printers from server 2008R2 to windows 7 machines would you install the server 2008r2 version of the driver or the windows 7 version? I've installed the server version, but just double checking everything.

    I will try the registry fix.

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