Relocating print queue

Posted on 2006-04-30
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I need the the steps for relocating a print queue.
I'm having issues with the printer server and the recommendation is that I move the print queue to a different volume, but I have never done this.
This is Win2003 server.

Can anyone help with the detailed steps to accomplish this?

Thank you in advance,

Question by:Aguillon1949
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    Expert Comment

    Hi Aguillon1949,

    nerver done myself but sounds interesting

    let me know how you go

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    Expert Comment

    You may try the print migrator from MS


    Although MS said print migrator only support NT, 2000 and XP, I think you could try on 2003 server also.
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    Expert Comment

    Hi there, to change the location of a print queue to another volume, you need to open the printers and faxes folder first.

    From here, click on 'File' and then select 'Server Properties'. From here click on the 'Advanced' tab. You should now see the current location of your spool/print queue folder. Simply just change the path name to any path you wish, although simply changing the drive letter at the start of the path to the drive letter of the new volume is more than sufficient and the server will automatically create to new folders.

    Hope this helps!
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    Expert Comment

    Here is a link that shows the exact steps for moving the print spooler.

    Good Luck,

    Author Comment

    The existing path for all printers, is as follows: "c:\windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS"; when I attempt to move it to an empty different volume by typing "C:\spool\PRINTERS", I receive the warning "Server spool directory location is invalid"
    How do I resolve this?
    Do I need to include "Windows" and "system32" in the path even when none of these exist in the new volume?


    Author Comment

    Hello, hello... is everyone at the demonstrations?  :-)

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    Accepted Solution

    hi there, sorry about the delay in getting back to you - check out this info. from microsoft to complete the solution to your problem.

    Hope this helps!

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