Deploy and distribute new Print Queue to all Workstations through Group Policy on Windows Server 2012

By | December 23, 2015

How to setup & configured new PrintQueue in the dedicated Print server and deployed to all the users through GPO, if you want to configure for single user then it’s simple access print server by \\PrintServer and then double click on the printqueue object to install on client machine locally, if this needs to done for thousands of users to managed print services then which is the best way to do this? Native procedure is configure through Startup Scripts to configure for computer object or logon Scripts to configure users, is there any simple easy settings to do the same in Windows Server 2012? I also discussed how to Install printer through Print Management on Print Server

Also See: Print spooler stopping automatically on Windows Server 2012, 2008 Print Server

Setting up Printers via Group Policy on Server 2008 and 2012

  • Use existing GPO or create one for this
  • Browse to Computer Configuration | Policies | Windows Settings | Printer Connections | Path
  • For Server 2012
  • Browse to Computer Configuration | Policies |Windows Settings|Deployed Printers
  • Right click and select Deploy New Printer
  • Enter the UNC path (\\PrintServer\printername)
  • Click OK to complete the setup

Note: Make sure printer is shared and published to active directory before you assigned to group policy

Also See: Print spooler stopping automatically on Windows 10 other client Operating system

How to configure additional printer drivers to support different operating system

After configuring the printer deployment over the group policy, now need to add additional printer drivers to support all the OS which printer been deployed like Windows 7, 8 and windows 10 or any other server operating system like windows server 2003/2012 with 32bit and 64bit

  • Login to print server
  • Open Control Paneland
  • Browse to Devices and Printers
  • Click Print Server Properties on top of the window
  • Click Add Driver
  • Follow the steps to add different OS
  • And Repeat the same for other Operating systems

Also See: Printer showing offline Windows 10

Using the above method printers can be deployed automatically to all the client systems with different operating system, and it’s always recommended to deploy for computer accounts, not for user accounts so that printer will be installed while the time of startup/power on and all the users will get the installed printer

And Other Printer problems and issues with solution


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