[gptalk] Re: ad printer publishing

  • From: "Tony Murray" <Tony.Murray@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2007 09:00:32 +1300

Hi Graham

The "Allow printers to be published"  setting should be applied to the
OUs containing member computers.  When enabled or not configured the
"List in directory" option is visible.  When disabled it is not.  You
would only apply it to the Domain Controllers OU if you wanted to
control this option for print queues on DCs.  The setting takes priority
over the setting "Automatically publish new printers in Active
Directory".

The pruning behaviour runs as a thread within the spooler service on
DCs.  In other words if your spooler service is not running on the DC
you won't see any pruning. It's not well documented. :-(

For more information have a look at the following resources:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/docs/printad.doc

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=234270

http://www.windowsitpro.com/Windows/Articles/ArticleID/41104/pg/1/1.html

Tony

-----Original Message-----
From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Graham Turner
Sent: Tuesday, 06 February 2007 3:49 a.m.
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] ad printer publishing

i am possibly in danger of slipping OT with this, as not stricty GP
processing but anyways ,,

seems there are a whole load of policies that relate to the publishing /
pruning / searching of printer objects that are written to AD

docs seem a little unclear as to what types of Windows host (DC, member
server, end user workstation) each one of these policies apply

it would seem to be further complicated by the fact DC's can be print
servers too !

i suppose you could get away with defining the policies at domain level,
but you should be able to apply policies at the OU level which contains
each type of host ??

before we go into the specifics of some of these policies i have this
table as to what type of host processes each policy;

allow printers to be published - DC
automatically publish new printers in AD - print server (member server)
allow pruning - DC printer browsing - ??
prune printers .. - DC
pruning interval - DC
pruning retry - DC
pruning priority - DC
check published state - print server (member)

QU2  - are the DC policies dependent on the spooler service running on
the DC even though it doesn't have any printers ??

Help as alwways gladly received

G

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