Pre-populate printer search location text

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Printers


Enables the Location Tracking feature of Windows 2000 printers.

Location tracking lets you design a location scheme for your enterprise and assign computers and printers to locations in your scheme. Location tracking overrides the standard method of locating and associating users and printers, which uses the IP address and subnet mask of a computer to estimate its physical location and proximity to other computers.

If you enable location tracking, a Browse button appears beside the Location field in the Find Printers dialog box. (To go to the Browse button, click Start , click Search , and then click For printers .) The Browse button also appears on the General tab of the Properties dialog box for a printer. It lets users browse for printers by location without their having to know the precise location (or location naming scheme). Also, if you enable the Computer location policy, the default location you type appears in the Location field.

If you disable this policy or do not configure it, Location Tracking is disabled. Printer proximity is estimated based on IP address and subnet mask.