INTRODUCTION

The PushPrinterConnections.exe utility reads the printer connection settings from Group Policy and then adds the appropriate printer connections to the client computer. However, only a 64-bit version of this utility is built into Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition. But assume that you try to use this utility together with Group Policy to deploy printer connections to a client computer that is running an x86 version of Windows. In that scenario, the following event is logged on the client computer:
This update provides a 32-bit printer driver and the PushPrinterConnections.exe utility for Windows Server 2008.

More Information

Hotfix information

A supported feature that modifies the default behavior of the product is available from Microsoft. However, this feature is intended to modify only the behavior that this article describes. Apply this feature only to systems that specifically require it. This feature might receive additional testing. Therefore, if the system is not severely affected by the lack of this feature, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this feature.

If the feature is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the feature.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific feature. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=supportNote The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the feature is available. If you do not see your language, it is because the feature is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, your computer must be running one of the following operating systems:

  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1)

  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)

  • Windows Server 2008

  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2)

For more information about how to obtain a Windows Vista service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

935791 How to obtain the latest Windows Vista service pack

For more information about how to obtain a Windows Server 2008 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

968849 How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2008

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The English (United States) version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 file information notes

Important Windows Vista hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, only "Windows Vista" is listed on the Hotfix Request page. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows Vista" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.

  • The files that apply to a specific product, SR_Level (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table.

    Version

    Product

    SR_Level

    Service branch

    6.0.600
    1.
    22xxx

    Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

    SP1

    LDR

    6.0.600
    2.
    22xxx

    Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

    SP2

    LDR

  • Service Pack 1 is integrated into the release version of Windows Server 2008. Therefore, RTM milestone files apply only to Windows Vista. RTM milestone files have a 6.0.0000.xxxxx version number.

  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 and for Windows Vista" section. MUM files and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.

For all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and of Windows Vista


File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Pmcsnap.dll

6.0.6001.22608

544,256

19-Jan-2010

22:03

x86

Ppcsnap.dll

6.0.6001.22608

237,568

19-Jan-2010

22:03

x86

Printmanagement.msc

Not Applicable

146,389

01-Apr-2009

19:31

Not Applicable

Pushprinterconnections.exe

6.0.6001.22608

54,272

19-Jan-2010

20:13

x86

Pmcsnap.dll

6.0.6002.22314

556,544

19-Jan-2010

22:01

x86

Ppcsnap.dll

6.0.6002.22314

237,568

19-Jan-2010

22:01

x86

Printmanagement.msc

Not Applicable

146,389

03-Apr-2009

23:34

Not Applicable

Pushprinterconnections.exe

6.0.6002.22314

54,272

19-Jan-2010

20:07

x86

For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and of Windows Vista


File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Pmcsnap.dll

6.0.6001.22608

658,432

19-Jan-2010

22:26

x64

Ppcsnap.dll

6.0.6001.22608

258,560

19-Jan-2010

22:26

x64

Printmanagement.msc

Not Applicable

146,389

01-Apr-2009

19:56

Not Applicable

Pushprinterconnections.exe

6.0.6001.22608

58,368

19-Jan-2010

20:48

x64

Pmcsnap.dll

6.0.6002.22314

663,552

19-Jan-2010

22:05

x64

Ppcsnap.dll

6.0.6002.22314

258,560

19-Jan-2010

22:05

x64

Printmanagement.msc

Not Applicable

146,389

03-Apr-2009

22:36

Not Applicable

Pushprinterconnections.exe

6.0.6002.22314

58,368

19-Jan-2010

20:38

x64

Pmcsnap.dll

6.0.6001.22608

544,256

19-Jan-2010

22:03

x86

Ppcsnap.dll

6.0.6001.22608

237,568

19-Jan-2010

22:03

x86

Printmanagement.msc

Not Applicable

146,389

01-Apr-2009

19:31

Not Applicable

Pushprinterconnections.exe

6.0.6001.22608

54,272

19-Jan-2010

20:13

x86

Pmcsnap.dll

6.0.6002.22314

556,544

19-Jan-2010

22:01

x86

Ppcsnap.dll

6.0.6002.22314

237,568

19-Jan-2010

22:01

x86

Printmanagement.msc

Not Applicable

146,389

03-Apr-2009

23:34

Not Applicable

Pushprinterconnections.exe

6.0.6002.22314

54,272

19-Jan-2010

20:07

x86

More information about how to deploy printer connections

To deploy printer connections to users or to computers by using Group Policy, use the Deploy with Group Policy dialog box in Print Management. This dialog box adds the printer connections to a Group Policy object (GPO).

More information about the PushPrinterConnections.exe utility

To deploy printer connections by using Group Policy in Windows Server 2003 and in earlier versions of Windows, you must add the PushPrinterConnections.exe utility to a computer startup script or logon script. This utility reads the printer connection settings from Group Policy, and then it performs one of the following actions:

  • Adds the appropriate printer connections to the computer account or to the user account.

  • Updates existing connections.

The PushPrinterConnections.exe utility automatically detects printers that are installed on computers that are running Windows Vista or later versions of Windows. These computers have built-in support for printer connections that are deployed by using Group Policy. Therefore, you can safely deploy this utility to all client computers that are running Windows Vista or later versions of Windows.

For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows Vista and for Windows Server 2008

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows Vista and of Windows Server 2008


File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Package_for_kb973878_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not Applicable

1,367

20-Jan-2010

06:46

Not Applicable

Package_for_kb973878_client_2~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not Applicable

1,530

20-Jan-2010

06:46

Not Applicable

Package_for_kb973878_client~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not Applicable

1,712

20-Jan-2010

06:46

Not Applicable

Package_for_kb973878_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not Applicable

1,626

20-Jan-2010

06:46

Not Applicable

Package_for_kb973878_server_1~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not Applicable

1,530

20-Jan-2010

06:46

Not Applicable

Package_for_kb973878_server~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not Applicable

1,713

20-Jan-2010

06:46

Not Applicable

X86_microsoft-windows-p..erandprintui-pmcppc_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22608_none_0bf9ea8599c801cd.manifest

Not Applicable

60,697

20-Jan-2010

00:02

Not Applicable

X86_microsoft-windows-p..erandprintui-pmcppc_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22314_none_0dd18b5996fa0d86.manifest

Not Applicable

60,678

20-Jan-2010

00:00

Not Applicable

Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows Vista and of Windows Server 2008


File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Amd64_microsoft-windows-p..erandprintui-pmcppc_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22608_none_6818860952257303.manifest

Not Applicable

60,743

20-Jan-2010

00:15

Not Applicable

Amd64_microsoft-windows-p..erandprintui-pmcppc_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22314_none_69f026dd4f577ebc.manifest

Not Applicable

60,724

20-Jan-2010

00:03

Not Applicable

Package_for_kb973878_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not Applicable

1,651

20-Jan-2010

06:46

Not Applicable

Package_for_kb973878_client_2~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not Applicable

1,817

20-Jan-2010

06:46

Not Applicable

Package_for_kb973878_client~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not Applicable

1,723

20-Jan-2010

06:46

Not Applicable

Package_for_kb973878_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not Applicable

1,636

20-Jan-2010

06:46

Not Applicable

Package_for_kb973878_server_1~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not Applicable

1,818

20-Jan-2010

06:46

Not Applicable

Package_for_kb973878_server~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not Applicable

1,723

20-Jan-2010

06:46

Not Applicable

X86_microsoft-windows-p..erandprintui-pmcppc_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22608_none_0bf9ea8599c801cd.manifest

Not Applicable

60,697

20-Jan-2010

00:02

Not Applicable

X86_microsoft-windows-p..erandprintui-pmcppc_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22314_none_0dd18b5996fa0d86.manifest

Not Applicable

60,678

20-Jan-2010

00:00

Not Applicable

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

References

For more information about the Print Management Step-By-Step Guide, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753109(WS.10).aspx

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