- Small office network with a single subnet, Server 2008 R2 DC and Win7 Pro clients
- Multiple network printers (both Brother and HP)
- All printers are installed on the Server 2008 R2 domain controller, shared on the network, and pushed out to Win7 clients via Group Policy
- Both the domain controller and the Win7 clients are detecting three of the printers as duplicate, non-functional instances that show up in the Printers folder; they appear as "WSD Print Device" in Device Manager under either "WSD Print Provider" or "Other Devices" (depending on whether they have an associated driver).
- All of the printers work fine as installed, but the superfluous automatic "WSD Print Device" detections are confusing to users.
- It is possible to uninstall the WSD Print Devices in Device Manager, but they are automatically re-created on next reboot or as soon as one scans for hardware changes.
- This is a relatively small environment with an unmanaged switch, so moving these printers to a separate VLAN is not a readily available option.
- What is the most straightforward way to stop these "WSD Print Device" printers from being detected automatically?