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I have been asked to replicate a client's AD/server/printer environment. They have sent me some fairly limited information and I am unable to get any more easily. They have sent a screenshot showing that they have identical pairs of printer names listed (in AD) on their main print server. They also mentioned something about CNAMES.

I am struggling to replicate this environment, even playing with CNAMES. I can't figure out how you would get two printer names (i.e. queues) with the same name on the same server, everything I do (except low-level editing of AD with ADSIEdit) windows prevents duplicate printer names. (I'm using Server 2003) Can anyone tell me, first, why would someone do such a thing!! (Particularly because they sometimes have different models listed under the same printer name) and secondly how I replicate the environment?

many thanks Mark p.s. be gentle I'm a printer man, not an AD man!

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If it is permissible, posting the screenshot would help us understand this... interesting environment. – sysadmin1138 Aug 31 '10 at 17:11
We use the same printer several times to set different settings/permissions.. for instance, most users can print in b&w, whereas only a few can print in colour.. but the exact same name? – Grizly Sep 1 '10 at 5:09
Yup /exactly/ the same printer name. Have put a jpg with the name of the client scrubbed out here: You can see they even have different physical printers with the same name on the same server. – Mark Sep 1 '10 at 13:08
I'm with you Mark, I can't see how this is possible. Your printer server is going to let you know if you have printers with exactly the same name, shared or otherwise, so I am wondering if there may be a glitch in Active Directory that is causing the queues to be published twice, or whether something special has been done to their AD Environment. – Ben Short Sep 30 '10 at 3:37

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