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    users cannot map server printer - software restriction policy

    Hello, users are getting this error when logging on with a printer mapping vbs script:

    "Windows cannot open this program because it has been prevented by a software restriction policy
    Code: 800704EC"

    We haven't set any software restriction policies so it's odd - I have been into the OU's security settings to disable - 'Devicesrevent users from installing printer drivers' by drilling down to

    (computer OU)/ Computer configuration/ Windows Settings/ Security Settings/ Local Policies/ Security Options

    using policy object editor.

    We've forced gpupdate on machines/ rebooted /all the usual but no success

    Is there anything we're missing?

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    Is there any reason you haven't explored deploying with GPO? You can bypass lots of errors common with scripts.

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    Thanks for the thoughts Michael.

    We're using logon scripts so that users can map specific printers depending on their location - using GPO would take away the 'dynamic' aspect of the situation - in other words - we only want users to be able to print to the printer nearest them rather than mapping all the printers in school and subsequently printing to the furthest away printer(!)

    A little extra information: logging on to machines as administrator and running the script locally succeeds and then users of that machine are able to map successfully from then on - that would indicate that the administrator is altering something in group policy specifically to that machine, right?

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    You can deploy printers per user or computer, or a combination of both, so you can setup printers based on a location basis with GPOs. Adding/removing printers as well as upgrading drivers is a breeze compared to script methods.

    The script could be modifying something in the registry possibly which would explain the permission type errors.

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