This is a cross-post of the end of a discussion from here:
Joe was very helpful in pointing me in the right direction on how to use the XML tool to set configurations for Server Deployed drivers and Group Policy deployment.
My renewed interest in this old thread was predicated by the purchase of a (most excellent, by the way) brand new Xerox VersaLink B405 DN as an addtion to rather than a replacement for one of our two existing Xerox MFCs
We have the ColorQube 9303 and an older WorkCentre 3550
All PCs printing to the ColorQube and WorkCentre are using locally-installed and configured GPD drivers
Though I began a push last year to uninstall any that were instantiated as versioned and reinstall them as Non-Versioned, I have not completed that process.
Further, all of the existing locally-installed GPD deployments whether instatiated as Versioned or Non-Versioned, were from these two installers:
With the new VersaLink, rather than giving in to the pressure of doing what I know, and going to each PC and running the installer and configuring it separately, I decided that people can wait until I do this right, and do it in a way that will utlimately save huge amounts of redundant work, and keep all the xerox print drivers in lockstep and easily upgraded to the latest versions.
Here’s where I am at:
I began adding other PCs to the XeroxGpdQueues
I figured that the standard Windows Print Management method:
(the settings made in "Advanced | Printing Defaults" dictates initial print preferences are set for GPO deployed printers)
might not work with Xerox and that is why the XML tool exists
So I tried using the XML method (thank you again)
What to do next?
In searching on the issue, I had found some stuff pertaining to windows 10 clients and windows 2012 (not R2) clients not propagating the defaults and it had something to do with some basic dll’s that are used for PS and or PCL printing being of differing versions on the client and server OSes, etc.
Could not find that particular Microsoft KB again, but here are some discussions that seem to be nebulous at best in terms of what is really going on when this happens
BTW I want the drivers to be deployed on a per PC basis so any user on that PC will have the printer available, rather than per user, but I even tried doing it per user to try to get the problem to go away and it either did nothing or complicated things.
Anyway, I need to post this now because I have been editing it for two days trying to make it as succinct as possible, but this stuff is never simple to explain.
Again, thanks to Joe for all the help and thanks in advance to any who might be able to help me with this issue.