Remove Print Server from Domain


I'm taking out a DC that is the Print Server / Spooler for 4 HP laserjet type network printers, each with their own TCP Port.

Is there an easy way to let another DC take ownership/control of these printers ? Can I 'move' them ... or do I have to manual remove each one on the old DC and reinstall it in to the new one.

Also, totally dumb question, but where do i 'see' the printers in the Active Directory Users & Computers ... i can 'find' printers but can't see them listed in the container. Am I blind ?


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Too_Many_UsersConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi Spencer,

To migrate the print queues to another server, I would recommend to use Microsoft's Print Migration Tool. You can find it here:

Very easy to use, you just export the printers on the current print server to file and import that file on the new print server.

To see the printers in Active Directory Users & Computers, right-click the domain and select Find. Set the Find box to Printers and search for your printername. Once found, you can move the printer to the desired OU and they will show up there.

Do note that for this to work, you have to have the option "List in Directory" checked in your print queue properties, under the Sharing tab.

I hope this helps.


SpencerSteelAuthor Commented:
That is one very handy tool sir ! And, more than that - it actually bloody works first time !

Thanks for the help

Have the points.

You're very welcome. I'm glad I could be of help.

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