[gptalk] Re: ad printer publishing

  • From: "Graham Turner" <gturner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2007 20:04:02 -0000 (GMT)

Tony, sorry 4 delay in this thread

have just a couple more questions on this if that is ok

1. the printad.doc implies that the DC chosen as target for publish is 'random 
DC in
the print (server's) domain - is this process not site aware say as logon server
discovery. ?

2. read somewhere that the pruning process only works for print servers in same 
site
as the DC - is this correct ?

would i read this as the DC only removing printer objects for printers in its 
own
site ?

if this is the case, how is the scenario of having sites in which there are 
print
servers & no DC's managed

do we fall back to mechanisms such as site coverage as in the login server case 
?

GT


> 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-----
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> On Behalf Of Graham Turner
> Sent: Tuesday, 06 February 2007 3:49 a.m.
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> 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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