Deploying Printers With Group Policy in Windows Server 2003 R2

I recently added a printer connection to a Windows Server 2003 R2 machine. In the past, this has meant re-training each user on how to connect to a network printer. Surely this connection can be defined centrally for all users and/or computers?

It didn’t take me long to find Mitch Tulloch’s excellent article, Deploying Printers With Group Policy in Windows Server 2003 R2. Everything you need to know is in that article or in his previous article, Managing Printers with Windows Server 2003 R2. I followed his procedure and everything worked like a charm. Thanks Mitch!

Update April 24, 2014

Mitch’s articles still have useful information. but note that Windows 7 clients do not need PushPrinterConnections.exe; they use gpprnext.dll, apparently built in to the OS. See also this TechNet article:

Deploying Printers by Using Group Policy

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