We have two group policy issues that has been plaguing us for two weeks and I bit the bullet to ask the field. We recently changed print servers from 2008 to 2012. We have group policy objects for printers that apply to the user configuration because of the large number of people who use RDS to Server 2012 R2 VMs via thin clients.
The initial phenomena we are seeing is that with some RDS users (not all) the group policies are being applied but the printers do not show up and we have to manually add them every morning. When they log off and back on, they don't stick.
We have the policies at both the main level of the OU container and the Terminal Server OU beneath it, so as to apply them to both people that use desktop PCs, and to the people that use RDS.
The policies are not set to enforce.
We have to enable loopback processing on the RDS settings. We have 8 RDS servers in the farm.
--We've confirmed that the users are in the correct AD security groups. Some users in that group get the printer, others don't.
--The policies are set up with Security filtering applying to the AD group, and both that group and Authenticated Users are listed under the Delegation tab.
--gpresult /r shows that the policies are being applied to the user when logged into the RDS server but the printers do not all show up.
In addition some people are seeing double printers show up not only on our new box but the old one.
--I have gone into the registry of our RDS servers and removed entries from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Print\Providers\Client Side Rendering Print Provider\Servers\ etc and they still pop up from time to time.
We're in the process of testing completely new users and slowly adding them to groups to see what happens there, but we can't be the first people to encounter this.
I would much appreciate any ideas or solutions people can come up with today as we're banging our heads here. There may be something fundamentally wrong with the way we have it set up and we're quite open to suggestions.