Deploying printers via GPO



  • I am currently deploying 10+ printers via GPO on the user side. The bad thing about this is that it makes logon slow.

    I've read here that its best to put printers in the computer portion of the GPO instead as it will be faster.

    My question is - since GPO > Computer Side > Preferences does not have a 'shared printer' option (only has TCP/IP or Local) when you deploy a printer via the Computer Side will it use the printer queue that you list in the printer path or does it only use that to grab a driver from the server?

    I found this but it doesn't answer the question.



  • If the printers have never been on that system before then it's going to take a little time as it installs each one



  • Future logons after the first still take nearly as long as the first (ok not really, but definitely longer than they did before I deployed printers via GPO.



  • This is how I deploy printers:

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  • Alex,
    OK help me out.. how did you get that? I see you're in the computer configuration...

    What OS is your GPM being run on? I'm on Windows 8.1 u1 and server 2012 R2

    *EDIT - wait, you're not using preferences, are you?

    •         Looks like this would work, but I can't limit where the printer is deployed it's an all or nothing setup - unless I setup multiple GPOs and grant permissions to the GPOs based on Group Membership (assuming I can).
      

    Preferences seem like a better way - fewer GPOs with direct Item Level targeting (with tons of options - for example I have printers mapped only to computers that are in a specific IP range, i.e. when they visit our remote site)



  • @Dashrender said:

    Alex,
    OK help me out.. how did you get that? I see you're in the computer configuration...

    What OS is your GPM being run on? I'm on Windows 8.1 u1 and server 2012 R2

    *EDIT - wait, you're not using preferences, are you?

    •         Looks like this would work, but I can't limit where the printer is deployed it's an all or nothing setup - unless I setup multiple GPOs and grant permissions to the GPOs based on Group Membership (assuming I can).
      

    Preferences seem like a better way - fewer GPOs with direct Item Level targeting (with tons of options - for example I have printers mapped only to computers that are in a specific IP range, i.e. when they visit our remote site)

    Correct, I'm not using GPP. It is an all or nothing setup the way I have it. When working with client environments, I tend to go with the K.I.S.S. approach. Even for an internal environment, I like to keep GPOs light and simplistic so that they're easy to troubleshoot and don't have an adverse impact on performance and/or login time.



  • Because my users move from computer to computer, that simplicity just isn't possible for me.



  • @Dashrender said:

    Because my users move from computer to computer, that simplicity just isn't possible for me.

    I assign printers to the computer, not the user. That way, whoever's sitting at any given computer has the printers appropriate to the computer's location. Computers that hop between sites can be granted their main printers and at least one key printer from other sites. Let's say an engineer from the west coast's assisting with a project on the east coast and brings their laptop with them. Adding the east coast main copier as a printer would give them the ability to print while traveling, even if it's not quite the closest printer to where they're working.



  • @Bill-Kindle said:

    If the printers have never been on that system before then it's going to take a little time as it installs each one

    I deploy printers the same way Alex does. I find that it takes less than 30 seconds for the intial install of the printers on boot.



  • same as above. We have item level targeting for color printers, but the rest all map out based on the computer through GPP and our print server



  • @Dashrender said:

    Because my users move from computer to computer, that simplicity just isn't possible for me.

    I have found that you can publish up to 15-20 printers on a PC if you label each printer. The users tend to be smart enough to select their own default printer.



  • @IRJ said:

    @Dashrender said:

    Because my users move from computer to computer, that simplicity just isn't possible for me.

    I have found that you can publish up to 15-20 printers on a PC if you label each printer. The users tend to be smart enough to select their own default printer.

    HAHA.. nice.. ROLF... thanks I needed that... yeah some of my users can do that.. but I'd say about half are utterly unwilling to do the most basic things when they run into any type of problem.



  • @Dashrender said:

    @IRJ said:

    @Dashrender said:

    Because my users move from computer to computer, that simplicity just isn't possible for me.

    I have found that you can publish up to 15-20 printers on a PC if you label each printer. The users tend to be smart enough to select their own default printer.

    HAHA.. nice.. ROLF... thanks I needed that... yeah some of my users can do that.. but I'd say about half are utterly unwilling to do the most basic things when they run into any type of problem.

    90% of our users cant launch a program on their PC if it isn't on their desktop. I dont think they ever went to Start > All Programs in their lives. They can read the label on a printer though.



  • if you still need help, send me a PM. I can probably help you more indepth in PMs or email



  • @IRJ said:

    @Dashrender said:

    @IRJ said:

    @Dashrender said:

    Because my users move from computer to computer, that simplicity just isn't possible for me.

    I have found that you can publish up to 15-20 printers on a PC if you label each printer. The users tend to be smart enough to select their own default printer.

    HAHA.. nice.. ROLF... thanks I needed that... yeah some of my users can do that.. but I'd say about half are utterly unwilling to do the most basic things when they run into any type of problem.

    90% of our users cant launch a program on their PC if it isn't on their desktop. I dont think they ever went to Start > All Programs in their lives. They can read the label on a printer though.

    One would wonder, if they never clicked on Start > All Programs, how did they click on Start > Devices and Printers? lol Here people seem unwilling to learn something even if it will help them in the short and long term. They simply want it fixed and fixed now so they can keep working.



  • @Dashrender said:

    @IRJ said:

    @Dashrender said:
    but I'd say about half are utterly unwilling to do the most basic things when they run into any type of problem.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one that runs into this. haha