Why do I have to share a printer on a server in order to assign it as TCP/IP Printer using Group Policy Preferences?

Jan
29
2013

It does seem counterproductive to have to share a printer that is going to be installed on workstations as a TCP/IP printer using GPP. The only reason you have to share it and input the UNC path of the printer into the Printer Path text box on the GPP interface is so that the driver can be downloaded onto the workstations. Other than the driver, all print processing will occur on the workstation itself and not the server. Theoretically, once the driver is installed on all of the workstations, you could unshare the printer if you so desired although this is not recommended.