You can use the Print Management snap-in with Group Policy to automatically deploy printer connections to users or computers and install the appropriate printer drivers. This method of installing a printer is useful in a laboratory, classroom, or branch office setting where most computers or users need to access the same printers. It is also a useful method for deploying printer drivers to users who are not members of the local Administrators group and are running Windows 7.
To deploy printer connections by using Group Policy, your environment must meet the following requirements:
- The Active Directory Domain Services
(AD DS) schema must use a Windows Server 2008 or Windows
Server 2008 R2 schema version.
- Client computers that are not running
Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 must use the
PushPrinterConnections.exe tool in a startup script (for
per-computer connections) or in a logon script (for per-user
The following topics provide information about how to deploy printer connections by using Group Policy:
- Deploy Printer
- Deploy the
- Change Driver
Installation Security for Printers Deployed Using Group
To perform these procedures, you must be a member of the local Administrators group and have write access to Group Policy objects (GPOs) in the AD DS domain or the organizational unit (OU) to which you want to deploy printer connections.