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Thursday, 20 October 2016

My Windows 10 Printer Deployment Nightmare!

Remember when adding Printers to domain computers was nice, simple and easy to do? No, me neither. But it was never as difficult as it now seems to be with Windows 10. Specifically speaking build 1511. Don’t get me wrong, I am sold on Windows 10. It’s fast, efficient and I use it on all my computers. That doesn’t change the fact that there are many issues when using it on large networks.

I help to administer two large domains over three sites within an educational establishment. One for Admin Staff and one for Students. We have thousands of clients and a couple of hundred printers. Over the summer after months of testing we made the move from Windows 7 to Windows 10 (1511) on the Student network. We have always added our printers by Group Policy. This makes it easier to add printers to every PC without having to go around each one individually. Up until then we had used a batch file in GP to copy a VBS script to the start-up folder on the client which subsequently added the printer via command line. It wasn’t perfect, but it worked. Most of the time…