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Requirements for proper function of the Directory Services Printer Pruner in an enterprise

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For the Printer Pruner to operate across the enterprise and allow for the scavenging of orphaned queues on an unmanaged basis, every site in the enterprise must have at least one domain controller running the print spooler (Spoolsv.exe).

Note If a site does not have a domain controller, you can add a site to a domain controller in another site. To do this, follow these steps on a domain controller.

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  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. Locate the following registry subkey:
  3. Right-click this registry subkey, point to New, and then click Multi-String Value.
  4. Type SiteCoverage in the Name box.
  5. Double-click the new SiteCoverage registry subkey, click Modify, type the name of the site or sites that you want to add to this domain controller in the Value data box, and then click OK.

    Note Set the value to the list of the space-delimited site names.

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More information

If a site does not meet this criteria, orphaned printer queue objects can accumulate in the directory. This reduces the effectiveness of the "Search for Printers" option when users query Active Directory, because queues that no longer exist on the network are present in the list users choose from. For more information about the Printer Pruner, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
246906 Printer Pruner may prune all the print queue objects on its site
246174 Printer Pruner may not remove printer queue objects from Active Directory

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Keywords: KB246269, kbprint, kbinfo

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Article Info
Article ID : 246269
Revision : 8
Created on : 3/1/2007
Published on : 3/1/2007
Exists online : False
Views : 438