Windows Server 2008 ADPREP
Additionally you will only be able to edit the extra GPO settings on a Vista/2k8 machine. As W2k3/XPSP3 and GPMC v1 does not understand.
Windows Server 2008 & Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) - Windows Server 2008 blog by Kurt Roggen [BE]
k-strider (26th January 2009)
Still a pain that it doesn't just have a default printer feature, as the renaming method won't work for us as different printers will be default depending on the room the machine is in...
Would love to hear from the MS design team how they managed to miss it out!
I've also found it doesn't work for Thin Clients. I'm having to keep using the old VBS script around for those clients.
Haven't tried it but I thought you were supposed to get Preferences by just deploying the XP CSE and running the 2k8 RSAT from a Vista box - essentially you need GPME, not ye olde GPEdit, to edit Preferences.we get to push printers out using GPO using Group Policy Preferences and this works on XP clients etc...
I found deploying printers, including setting the default, wiping out any virtual ones you don't want etc. to be very easy with Preferences... and you can do some interesting magic with the targeting.
Can you do it by the machine's OU?
Does anyone know where we can get an MSI for the XP Client Side extensions and also what ever is required to push out printers.
CAn you not just use the pushprinters.exe in a Startup script as that will run the .exe fine.
True, but....I know you can assign based on the machine, but you can't set a default printer based on the machine. When working on machine prefs the option to make is default is not available.
I made a GPO that hits all users which is dedicated to allocating printers and (mapped) drives. Then you just get on and make some preferences e.g. #1 sets the default printer with a target saying "computer must be in room 27 OU".
Not sure how well this scales, but it also supports what I want in places which is to give different user groups different printer sets when they're logged on to the same machine e.g. a target might say "computer must be in room 27 OU and user must be in group X"
We are having an issue with GPP to install printers. The printers are not mapping at all.
We have attempted to manually install the client side extension KB943729. It does not show up under Add/Remove programs.
We have tested that the policy is running and the workstation is reporting that it is.
We are all windows XP users but one Windows 7 user reported getting a policy based printer albeit intermittently and it cleans up manually installed printers (which are not a problem to install).
Any ideas what could be wrong?
Any tests to check the KB943729 extensions are on the machine?
Is there a test
Look in the client-side event logs - preferences are quite verbose (may have done but I don't believe I turned anything on for that behaviour)Is there a test
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