Replacing Shared Printer

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I am replacing a shared printer which is in our office.  It is a HP Laserjet 2100, and it is being replaced by a HP Laserjet 2420.  They are both equipped with a Jet Direct card for network access.  Currently the 2100 is being shared by a Windows 2000 Server.  Is there anyway to replace the printer with no user interaction?  I would like the printer to keep the existing IP address and just push out a new driver to the users.

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If they are compatible, you could try moving the JetDirect card from the old printer to the new printer.  The parameters (including the IP address) are stored in flash memory on the JetDirect card, I believe.  But the users will probably still need new drivers.
Both printers support PCL 5 (and PostScript, but that is only optional on the 2100), so as long as they have the same IP address, the old driver will at least give the users the ability to print. So, start by giving the new printer the same address as the old one and swap them.

There may be differences in tray selection, etc, which can only be fixed by installing a new driver. If you are using a server (and depending on user permissions), installing the new driver on the server may be all you need to do: the server can push the new driver to the users at the next log-in.

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FeedlerAuthor Commented:
I just used the existing driver and it seems to have all the functionality it needs.

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