I have noticed two different ways of deploying printers to specific user with Group Policy in Windows Server 2012. The first method is by creating separate GPOs for each group, and the second method is adding all printers to one GPO and then using security settings to determine who can print to it/who it will deploy to.
The problem with the first setting is that many of the printers on the network only need to be deployed to a single user, and because of this I would need to create about 30 GPOs for each printer group. Many of these only containing a single person.
The second option seems to suit my needs a lot better, but with this option people who the printer is not deployed to cannot connect to the printer via the server even though it is listed in the directory. I would prefer to allow people to connect to printers that are not deployed to their PCs as needed.
My question is whether there is any way to set it up so that it only deploys to certain users, but others can connect to it as needed without creating a separate GPO for each user with a printer in their office. Any ideas?