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  • How do I disable USB printer via GPO?

    Maybe I am not searching for the right words but I need help in disabling USB printer via GPO. So far, I have a GPO that will allow users Read Only for USB storage and an exception group to have Read/Write.

    Environment is Windows 7 with Windows 2003 AD.

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    Re: How do I disable USB printer via GPO?

    Need more info on your setup. eg:
    what is the printer attached to?
    is the printer SHARED?
    do you still want others at different workstations to have access to thus USB printer on a network?
    etc
    etc
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    • #3
      Re: How do I disable USB printer via GPO?

      Requirement is user should not be able to add a local printer to the laptop. They should have the ability to print to network printers in the LAN.

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      • #4
        Re: How do I disable USB printer via GPO?

        When I said local printers, that mean it can be attached USB, parallel, TCP/IP, LPR port, etc.

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        • #5
          Re: How do I disable USB printer via GPO?

          IIRC they need power user or maybe administrator to install locally connected printers, but normal users acan connect to a network printer, so restricted groups may do it
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          • #6
            Re: How do I disable USB printer via GPO?

            That is the case in XP but does not seem to be the case in Windows 7. I have a regular domain user account and I was able to create a local printer using the Stanard TCP/IP port. I need to create a local user account just to make sure this is possible. If it's possible, this is definitely not what I want. I need to know how to restrict users from doing so.

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