Group Policy Preference printer question

May 1, 2013 at 09:26:22
Specs: Windows 7, Xeon
Hi guys
I wonder if anyone knows the answer to this. I need to push out a printer configuration to 60 odd Win 7 clients and don't want to have to do it manually. The way I would do it manually is:
1) Create a local printer
2) Create a new 'Local Port' that points at a printer share on the server (I know this sounds strange but bare with me) i.e. \\servername\printersharename
3) Choose the correct driver (HP Z3100 24" HPGL2 in this instance)
3) Set the printing preferences

I know this sounds strange but this is the way I need to do it for now. Do you guys know if it can be done using group policy preferences? I have experience with them but due to a restructure I am no longer able to access them myself and I am being told it's not possible to do by our policy guy.

So to summarise....A local printer, using a local port that points at a printer share on a windows server, pushed out through GPP

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks


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#1
May 3, 2013 at 06:43:39
That's not a local printer, it's a network printer. A local printer is connected to a workstation.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...

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#2
May 3, 2013 at 08:13:04
Guapo, in part you are right. However in my scenario Windows sees and treats the printer as if it were a locally attached printer which means all the processing and referencing of printing preferences is done on the local machine. This is important for me to achieve because currently there is well over a minute delay each time I try to change a printing preference of a network printer. In my scenario it is just seconds.

Clearly the underlying problem needs fixing but that has to be done by the external supplier and that is proving awkward. For now I just need to figure out the correct way to deploy a local printer with a remote port, using GPP.


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#3
May 3, 2013 at 09:04:56
Doesn't the site I posted cover both situations?

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#4
May 9, 2013 at 01:48:21
Hi Guapo
It mentions how to push out the PushPrinterConnections.exe file and then a generic how-to of deploying a printer. I am interested in the specific printer queue I mentioned before. I will have to pass this info on for further testing as I don't have the tools myself (very frustrating).

It's a good starting point.

Thanks.


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#5
May 16, 2013 at 07:03:14
As far as I can tell

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#6
May 16, 2013 at 07:05:23
As far as I can tell, there's no way to specify driver or preference in GPP. You could accomplish this with a VBS script, but I don't have a particular one that I could recommend.

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#7
May 16, 2013 at 08:53:25
Thanks Andrew. I was thinking a VB script would be possible and will go with that if the GPO/GPP testing doesn't go well.

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