Configuring Group Policy Preferences Printers and Power Options in Windows Server 2016

By | 03/04/2018

What are Group Policy preferences?

Group Policy preferences include more than 20 Group Policy extensions that expand the range of configurable settings within a GPO. You now can use Group Policy preferences to apply a number of settings that previously applied to scripts, such as drive mappings and shared printers.

Windows operating systems later than Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) and newer operating systems natively support Group Policy preferences.
Examples of the Group Policy extensions in Group Policy preferences are:

  • Folder Options
  • Drive Maps
  • Registry
  • Shortcuts
  • Power Options
  • Printers
  • Scheduled Tasks
  • Services
  • Start Menu

Configure different power plans for portable and desktop computers. You can go a step further and base the power plan on time of day, so client computers go into standby mode after shorter times during non-work hours. 

Infrastructure Requirement :

  • 1 DC SERVER (DC-CLOUD) 
  • Client PC running Windows 10 (CLIENT-10)

Lets get started.

01 – Create a printer with Group Policy preferences

1 – On Dc-CLOUD, right-click Start, and then click Control Panel.

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2 – In Control Panel, click View devices and printers.

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3 – Click Add a printer.

 

4 – In the Add a device dialog box, click The printer that I want isn’t listed.

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5 – In the Add Printer dialog box, select Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings, and then click Next.

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6 – On the Choose a printer port page, click Next.

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7 – On the Install the printer driver page, click Next.

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8 – On the Type a printer name page, in the Printer name text box, type Brother, and then click Next.

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9 – On the Printer Sharing page, click Next.

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10 – On the You’ve successfully added Brother page, click Finish.

10.pngClose Control Panel.

11 – Open Server Manager, click Tools, and then click Group Policy Management.

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12 – In the navigation pane, expand Forest: Windows.ae, expand Domains, expand Windows.ae, and then click the Windows.ae domain. Right-click the Windows.ae domain, and click Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here.

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13 – In the New GPO dialog box, type GP Prefs, and then click OK.

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14 – In the navigation pane, right-click GP Prefsand then click Edit.

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15 – In the Group Policy Management Editor, expand User Configuration, expand Preferences, expand Control Panel Settings, right-click Printers, hover over New, and then click Shared Printer.

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16 – In the New Shared Printer Properties dialog box, in the Share Path text box, type \\DC-CLOUD\Brother, Select the Set this printer as the default printer check box.

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02 – Target the preference

1 – On the Common tab, select the Item-level targeting check box, and then click Targeting.

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2 – In the Targeting Editor dialog box, click New Item, and then click IP Address Range.

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3 – In the between text box, type 172.16.1.50, in the and text box, type 172.16.1.100, and then click OK twice.

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03 – Configure a power plan with Group Policy preferences

1 – In Group Policy Management Editor, expand Computer Configuration, expand Preferences, expand Control Panel Settings, and then click Power Options

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2 – Right-click Power Options, hover over New, and then click Power Plan (At least Windows 7).

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3 – In the New Power Plan (At least Windows 7) Properties dialog box, click in the Balanced dropdown list and then type Windows Power Plan. then Select the Set as the active power plan check box.

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— Target the preference —

1 – On the Common tab, select the Item-level targeting check box, and then click Targeting.

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2 – In the Targeting Editor dialog box, click New Item, and then click Operating System.

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3 – In the Product list, select Windows 10, and then click OK twice.

6.pngClose the Group Policy Management Editor window. 

04 – Test the preferences 

1 – Sign in to CLIENT-10 as Windows\Administrator with password [email protected]

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2 – Right-click Start, and then click Command Prompt.

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3 – In the Command Prompt window, type the following command, and then press Enter:

gpupdate /force 

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4 – In the command prompt window, when prompted, type the following, and then press Enter:

Y 

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5 – Sign in to CLIENT-10 as Windows\Administrator with password [email protected]

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6 – Right-click Start, and then click Control Panel.

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7 – Click Hardware and Sound and then click Devices and Printers.

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8 – Verify the presence of the Brother on DC-CLOUD printer. 

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9 – Click the back arrow, and then click Power Options.

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10 – Verify that the Windows Power Plan is present and is the active power plan.

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that’s all for now

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