1. Enable Loopback Processing in Windows Server 2008. I am unable to find following:
In the Group Policy Microsoft Management Console (MMC), click Computer Configuration.
Locate Administrative Templates, click System, click Group Policy, and then enable the Loopback Policy option.
2.On my Windows Server 2008 R2 Server (you can do this on a Windows Server 2008 server as well), I navigate to the Printer extension under User Configuration. (User Configuration\Preferences\Printers). Right click on ‘Printers’ and select ‘ New’, then choose a type of printer you’d like to add. I’m choosing Shared Printer, but you can manage TCP/IP and Local Printers with GP Preferences as well.
Now the configuration dialog to find and optionally map the printer: I’m just going to browse for the printer I want by clicking on the ‘…’ button next to the Share Path cell.
Ah ha! Familiar browser window. Searching the directory yields 2 shared printers; one that’s already shared to my client, and one that’s not. I select the Epson, which populates the Share Path field with its full address.
And now that I have the full address of the shared printer, the option to “set this printer as default…” is enabled. I can also select “only if a local printer is not present” if I want, but I don’t want to.
This is the good part!
Once you have created a shared printer to deploy there is a tab on the properties of that called “Common” , if you click on that and place a tick in the “Item Level Targeting” and click on the Targeting Button a whole new world opens up!
Click on the New Item and just have a look at the possibilities there. The one I was interested in was the Organisational Units option. Because what I want to happen is if a computer is in a specific OU install and make printer X the default.