How to deploy printers using Windows Server 2008 Group Policy Preferences

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Group Policy Preferences
Windows 7 Professional
Windows Server 2008 Group Policy Objects
Windows Server 2008 R2
I am working in a Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Professional environment. I am trying to deploy printers using group policy preferences. I have setup two OU's. One is for students and one is for staff. As the group policy settings are different for each group, it was necessary to create two different Organizational Units. My question is, how do I setup printers in this environment. There are several labs in the school and I want to make sure that no matter which student user or staff user logs on to the computer that they will get the correctly assigned printer for that lab and that this printer will be set as the default printer. I was thinking of creating a separate OU for each computer lab and then putting the computers in each lab into their own separate OU. Then using Group Policy Preferences, I would assign the printers for each lab individually for each OU. Then, I see that there is an item level targetting feature in group policy preferences that allows you to select an OU that the computers in each lab have been assigned to. Is this is the right thought process, how to you set this up. How do the computer OU and user OU settings talk to each other and merge together. If this loopback processing is the answer, where is this setup to, in the User OU or the Computer OU. Thanks for your input.

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It sounds like the user is irrelevant in this case. Whether a student or staff member logs into the workstation in a particular lab they require the same printers deployed correct? If this is the case I would simply deploy the printers based on the Lab Computers OU

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