Roaming Profles and Default Printers WinXP Server 2003

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Does anyone know how default printers are handles when using Roaming Profiles with Windows XP and Server 2003? I am deploying printers per machine with GP; so all the computers do not have the same printers, but my clients are complaining that they always have to set the default printer. I thought this may be because of the Roaming Profiles? Maybe Windows chooses the next available printer? Any ideas on how to set the default printer based on machine? or any other solutions? Thanks!
ASKED: January 3, 2007  11:36 AM
UPDATED: January 4, 2007  9:21 AM

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http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q234270

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Managing-Printers-Group-Policy-Part1.html

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Managing-Printers-Group-Policy-Part2.html

Hi,
I dealt with this issue over a year ago with a big project I worked on. I think this has to do with Windows 2003 applying the policy at boot up. Does your script remove and add the printers when it is applied? Check the links above. I used vb to remove all printers, add new printers, and set default (old printers on network would be removed to prevent problems.)If you need a better example let me know.

I think in this particualr scenario, I created OUs for each office and applied the script to that office for said number of printers.

Hope that helps!

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  • Teajay9001
    With a roaming profile, users can access the same profile no matter which computer they're using within the domain. Roaming profiles are server-based and can only be stored on a Windows 2000/2003 server. When a user with a roaming profile logs on, the profile is downloaded, which creates a local copy on the user's computer. When the user logs off, changes to the profile are updated both on the local copy and on the server. Is your GP overiding the users profiles. Remember the order of process. Group Policy settings are processed in the following order: 1. Local Group Policy object: Each Windows XP computer has exactly one Group Policy object that is stored locally. 2. Site: Any Group Policy objects that have been linked to the site are processed next. Processing is synchronous and in an order that is specified by the administrator. 3. Domain: Processing of multiple domain-linked Group Policy objects is synchronous and in an order specified by the administrator. 4. Organizational units: Group Policy objects that are linked to the organizational unit that is highest in the Active Directory hierarchy are processed first, then Group Policy objects that are linked to its child organizational unit, and so on. Finally, the Group Policy objects that are linked to the organizational unit that contains the user or computer are processed. At the level of each organizational unit in the Active Directory hierarchy, one, many, or no Group Policy objects can be linked. If several Group Policy objects are linked to an organizational unit, their processing is synchronous and in an order that is specified by the administrator. This order means that the local Group Policy object is processed first, and Group Policy objects that are linked to the organizational unit of which the computer or user is a direct member are processed last, which overwrites the earlier Group Policy objects.
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  • Petroleumman
    Hello, We use a product called Script Logic / Desktop Authority in our environment which makes tasks like this very easy. Roaming profiles are designed to allow users to work from random computers while maintaining a standardized desktop. That said, I created computer groups based on regions in the office, then assigned printers using DA to each computer group. This way when a user from say office 1 travels to office 2 and logs on, they will receive their standard desktop via raoming profiles and DA automatically assigns the default printer based on the computer's location and not the user. Now the user has a default printer available at logon that is local to any machine in the company. I have never tried using a logon script to assign printers on a per machine basis, but I'm sure it can be accomplished if your savy with VBscript. Good luck!
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