I have performed some research, and it appears that I can target both XP and 7 clients with group policy preferences to add a shared printer.

This article describes the presence of a Shared Printer item on the New menu in the group policy preferences Control Panel Settings item Printers, but all I have listed are: TCP/IP Printer and Local Printer.

The server which I am using to create the GPO is Windows 2008 R2.

Why doesn't the New Printer option allow me to create a Shared Printer?

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Are you in the right configuration container? It only shows up in the User Configuration, not the Computer Configuration (since the user account/profile is required to map to a shared printer).

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  • Note the answer here describes a method of using a local printer, and assigning the port the UNC path to the desired printer. This policy is available to the HKLM/Computer scope.
    – brandeded
    Apr 17, 2013 at 11:57
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    @mbrownnyc - as mentioned on that thread, this is where Loopback processing of a GPO comes into play. If you want this to apply to a group of computers, you can use Loopback processing to make this work (say for a lab or a particular floor of computers)
    – TheCleaner
    Apr 17, 2013 at 13:14
  • Thanks again! technet & kb. Instead of using this, I simply adjusted item-level targetting of ip address range on the shared printer GPP.
    – brandeded
    Apr 17, 2013 at 19:25

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