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Deploy printer connections

Updated: February 26, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

To deploy printer connections to users or computers by using Group Policy, use the Deploy with Group Policy dialog box in Print Management. This adds the printer connections to a Group Policy object (GPO).

To deploy printers to users or computers by using Group Policy

  1. Open the Administrative Tools folder, and then double-click Print Management.

  2. In the Print Management tree, under the appropriate print server, click Printers.

  3. In the Results pane, right-click the printer that you want to deploy, and then click Deploy with Group Policy.

  4. In the Deploy with Group Policy dialog box, click Browse, and then choose or create a new GPO for storing the printer connections.

  5. Click OK.

  6. Specify whether to deploy the printer connections to users, or to computers:

    • To deploy to groups of computers so that all users of the computers can access the printers, select the The computers that this GPO applies to (per machine) check box.

    • To deploy to groups of users so that the users can access the printers from any computer they log onto, select the The users that this GPO applies to (per user) check box.

    noteNote
    Client computers running Windows 2000 do not support per-computer connections.

  7. Click Add.

  8. Repeat steps 3 through 6 to add the printer connection setting to another GPO, if necessary.

  9. Click OK.

noteNote
For per-computer connections, Windows adds the printer connections when the user logs on. For per-user connections, Windows adds the printer connections during background policy. If you remove the printer connection settings from the GPO, Windows removes the corresponding printers from the client computer during the next background policy refresh or user logon.

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