[gptalk] Re: Deploy Printer

  • From: "Michael Pietrzak" <mpietrzak@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 12:29:27 -0700



Perhaps this may help. It's copied from a WindowsITPro article...


Windows Vista and Longhorn Server
<http://www.windowsitpro.com/Article/ArticleID/93954/93954.html>  will
provide printer publishing using native Group Policy. In the interim,
Windows 2003 R2 allows printers to be pushed out via Group Policy and a
small piece of client-side code that runs as part of the logon process.
It looks at Group Policy and checks which printers it should add, then
adds them. Your Active Directory (AD) needs to be running the Windows
2003 R2 schema changes that support printer deployment. To deploy
printers, follow this process:

First, on the Windows
<http://www.windowsitpro.com/Article/ArticleID/93954/93954.html>  2003
R2 server, you need to add the Print Management Component:

1.      Start the "Add or Remove Programs" Control Panel applet (Start,
Settings, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs, "Add or Remove Windows
Components," "Management
<http://www.windowsitpro.com/Article/ArticleID/93954/93954.html>  and
Monitoring Tools," then check the Print Management Component. 
2.      Click Next and when prompted, point to the Windows 2003 R2 disk
2 location. 
3.      Click Finish. 

A new Print Management snap-in is now available in the Administrative
Tools folder. To deploy a printer
<http://www.windowsitpro.com/Article/ArticleID/93954/93954.html> ,
perform these steps:

1.      Start the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Print Management
snap-in (Start, Programs, Administrative Tools, Print Management). 
2.      Expand the Print Servers branch, then expand the print server
hosting the printer and select Printers. 
3.      Right-click the printer you want to deploy with Group Policy and
select "Deploy with Group Policy." 
4.      Click Browse to select the Group Policy Object (GPO) name to
5.      Click the "new" GPO icon (or select an existing GPO) and name it
Deploy Printers. Click OK. 
6.      Check either or both "The users that this GPO applies to (per
user)" or "The computers that this GPO applies to (per machine)" and
click Add. 
7.      Click OK to the deploy dialog box. 

Make sure the GPO you created (if you created one) is linked to a domain
or OU to ensure that users and computers receive the pushed printer.
When you open the GPO you'll notice a new Deployed Printers branch,
which lists deployed printers in the GPO.

Currently the selected printer won't deploy because the client doesn't
understand the Group Policy settings since they're new to R2 and not
expected by older clients; you need to configure the
PushPrinterConnections.exe utility (found in the %systemroot%\PMCSnap
folder) to execute. To do so, perform these steps:

1.      Open the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Group Policy Object
Editor and open the GPO you used for the printer deployment. 
2.      If the printer is deployed to users, navigate to User
Configuration, Windows Settings, Scripts (Logon/Logoff); if it's
deployed to computers, navigate to Computer Configuration, Windows
Settings, Scripts (Startup/Shutdown). 
3.      Right-click Startup or Logon, and click Properties. 
4.      In the Logon Properties or Startup Properties dialog box, click
Show Files. The location of the folder used at logon is shown in the
Address field (e.g.,
5.      Copy and paste the PushPrinterConnections.exe file from the
c:\windows\PMCSnap folder to this location and close the window. 
6.      In the Logon Properties or Startup Properties dialog box, click
7.      Enter "PushPrinterConnections.exe" in the Script Name box (to
enable logging, enter "-log" in the Script Parameters box). Log files
are written to %windir%\Temp\PpcMachine.log (for per-computer
connections) and %temp%\PpcUser.log (for per-user connections) on the
computer on which the policy is applied). 
8.      Click OK 

For per-user deployed printers, you now need to log off, then log on;
for per-machine printers, you need to restart the targeted computer. 



From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Hurney, Jack
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2007 9:21 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Deploy Printer


Can anyone tell me about the deploy printer option in active directory?
Specifically,  we now deploy printers via script thru GPOs and that
works fine.  However, we're trying to streamline the process by
deploying them through AD. My question is, if the GPO is then unlinked
from an OU, will the printer be removed from those workstations?  Thanks
for any help!



Jack Hurney

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