How to share printers via Group Policy (GPO)

One great advantage of using Active Directory Domain Services is the possibility to share a printer in just a few clicks with a group of computers or users.

Since Windows Server 2012 isn’t even necessary to create a Group Policy Object (GPO), Windows will do the job for us speeding up the process.

We are going to show how you can share an existing (installed) printer to an AD Group of Computers.

First of all, install the Print and Document Services role:

How to share printers with GPO

Then open the Print Management panel from the Server Manager:

How to share printers with GPO

From the Print Management panel select the printer, right-click and select Manage Sharing:

How to share printers with GPO

Check Share this printer and List in the directory, then click Apply:

How to share printers with GPO

Select the printer, right-click and select Deploy with Group Policy:

How to share printers with GPO

Click Browse:

How to share printers with GPO

Navigate through the organizational unit that needs to access the printer and Create a New Group Policy Object:

How to share printers with GPO

Name the policy then click Ok:

How to share printers with GPO

Check The computer that this GPO applies to and click Add:

How to share printers with GPO

The configuration is finished, you just have to click Apply:

How to share printers with GPO

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