I have a Print Server that deploys over 100 printers through group policy to our school district. We have almost two thousand students who log into different machines in the district and deploying the printers using per machine GPO's to computer objects in separate OU's for each classroom was the best way I could figure out to do it. I use the Print Management application extensively and it has been our district's print solution for years.
Obviously I need to have the Print Nightmare patch to prevent anyone from gaining elevated privileges. But after installing the latest updates on our servers, Print Management doesn't work. In the list for Printers and Ports, each of which had over a hundred entries both are empty. There are no more printers or ports in Print Management. Our print server doesn't work at all anymore.
I've been in a frenzy the past couple weeks running around installing printers as local TCP/IP on each workstation. This has added a tremendous amount of work to my workload, come at a very unfortunate time (right before the start of school - and right after we lost one of our technicians who left for greener pastures) and I am already taking many calls from staff who don't know they need to select the locally installed IP printer to print.
I simply haven't had the time to install the classroom printer for all of the over 1000 computers in our district and not all students will be able to print when school starts.
This is a catastrophe for me. I need Print Management to work. This is part of the suite of server apps that comes with Microsoft Server and IMO a rather important one, at least to me. It boggles my mind that their "patch" just breaks this tool.
Is Microsoft still working on Print Nightmare? Is there a plan to fix it but still allow GPO deployed printers to work? Will Microsoft continue to support Print Management?
Thank you for your time.