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We have a print server running Windows Server 2008. Clients that use Windows XP with a logon script to map have no problems printing. When I test printing to a network printer on a Windows 7 machine, it works fine up to a few machines. As soon as I get 12-15 workstations trying to print, when they log in, they get the yellow exclamation mark and need troubleshooting against the printer name. It is being deployed by group policy. I have tried to deploy it by group policy, group policy preferences, and using a script and I get the same error whatever I try. Does anyone have any suggestions to try and troubleshoot? Once again, Windows XP clients have no issues printing at all. It is only with Windows 7 clients. Thanks


I have found that the spooler is not starting because you can't add the printer manually either.

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What's it say in the event log? – MDMarra Jun 11 '10 at 1:29
of the workstation or server? – JohnyV Jun 11 '10 at 1:53
Are the Windows 7 workstations a mix of 32 and 64 bit? – Leroy Clark Jun 11 '10 at 3:45
@JohnnyV - Both? – MDMarra Jun 12 '10 at 4:55
Nothing significant in event log on either. I only noticed a problem with the citrix printer service. That is why I foud the service was causing issues (it is the remains of the offline plugin) – JohnyV Jun 14 '10 at 22:04
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I found an article online that explained how to deploy printers using group policy through a 2008 print server. it was quite easy in the end. I was overcomplicating things with scripts etc.

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Have you got a link to the article? I would find that valuable... – northirid Jul 14 '10 at 5:36
I wish i did post it because I cant find the bookmark anymore lol.If I find the one i am after I will post it. – JohnyV Mar 30 '11 at 1:42

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