Why do GPO not transfer to Windows 7 clients from Server 2003?

Ken Taylor September 17, 2011
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Windows 7 compatibility with Server 2003. Why do GPO not transfer to Windows 7 clients? A new printer on the server will not appear in Windows 7 clients. In Windows XP clients, all is OK.

  1. Mike
    September 17, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Have you tried to manually add the printer to the Windows 7 clients? The reason I'm asking is because my first guess would be that the driver you deploy simply fails the signature check and therefor won't install on Windows 7.

    I have never used Server 2003 to manage Windows 7 GPOs so maybe this is also a limitation of compatibility since Group Policies have changes from XP to Vista/7. It could be one of those GPOs you can only deploy by enabling and using a Windows 7 machine to manage the Group Policies within the Domain.

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/winserverGP/thread/846e1ccb-c9ba-474f-81ee-7106be104d39

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766208(WS.10).aspx

    • Ken
      September 19, 2011 at 12:16 am

      Hi, when I add the printer manualy at the client all is OK, actually its a VISTA 32 bit driver as HP do not have a WIN 7 32 bit driver available yet for their LaserJet 3600dn printer, but works well.  will keep checking the forums, thnx again  Ken

      • Mike
        September 27, 2011 at 10:03 am

        Using a Vista driver could definitely be one of the issues causing GPO distribution to fail. Unfortunately the newer HP Universal Printer Drivers they are offering aren't any better.

        In general the 3600dn is reported as unsupported and there are mixed reports on the HP Beta and Test forum.

        We had a similar problem with HP printers, our Print Server (Server 2003) and Windows 7 64bit clients. In the end we manually installed the two HP printers on each of those clients bypassing the server although problems still occurred once in a while. 

        We consulted one of our external partners and the final long-term solution was switching to OKI devices with dedicated Windows 7 drivers... never had any problems again except an empty toner.

        I don't want to imply that you need to switch out the devices - HP are one of the best and most reliable printers available. But maybe you can arrange some free trial period with a printer that offers dedicated Windows 7 drivers (and if it's HP it shouldn't be a Universal Printer Driver either)

        • Ken
          October 1, 2011 at 10:33 am

          Mike, A printer install at all clients with each user works well, tedious but effectrive with server 2003 and HP printers, thnx again :-))

    • Ken
      September 27, 2011 at 12:39 am

      Hi, tried eveythinyou suggested, still no printers installed via the GPO on my server 2003, only solution was to install a new printer at each client log in (Win 7 ), in a school environment, a very tedious job! I really appreciate your input and suggestions, your www page has great resources, ...keep up the good work , thnx Ken :-)

  2. Anonymous
    September 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    verify the Windows Management Instumentation Service, It should be set to Automatic and started

    Step 1: Verity the repository
    ====================
    1. Click Start, type “cmd” in Start Search box, and right-click on cmd.exe in the programs list, and choose Run as administrator.
    2. In the open window, type in the following and press Enter.

    winmgmt /verifyrepository

    Step 2: Rebuild the repository
    =======================

    1. Click Start, type “cmd” in Start Search box, and right-click on cmd.exe in the programs list, and choose Run as administrator.
    2. In the open window, type in the following and press Enter.

    net stop winmgmt /y

    cd %windir%system32wbem

    ren repository repository.old

    If the issue persists, you can run gprsult /z to verifies all policy settings in effect for a specific user or computer.

    • Ken
      September 27, 2011 at 12:37 am

      Hi, tried eveythinyou suggested, still no printers installed via the GPO on my server 2003, only solution was to install a new printer at each client log in (Win 7 ), in a school environment, a very tedious job!  I really appreciate your input and suggestions, your Blog powershell page has great resources, ...keep up the good work , thnx Ken :-)

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