Printer browsing

Announces the presence of shared printers to print browse master servers for the domain.

On domains with Active Directory, shared printer resources are available in Active Directory and are not announced.

If you enable this setting, the print spooler announces shared printers to the print browse master servers.

If you disable this setting, shared printers are not announced to print browse master servers, even if Active Directory is not available.

If you do not configure this setting, shared printers are announced to browse master servers only when Active Directory is not available.

Note: A client license is used each time a client computer announces a printer to a print browse master on the domain.

Supported on: At least Windows 2000
Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers
Value NameServerThread
Enabled Value1
Disabled Value0


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