Network printers issue

Posted on 2006-05-31
Last Modified: 2010-03-19
We have one network print server that has Windows 2000 Server on it and we want to setup a backup print server which would have Windows 2000 server and the exact same drivers on it in case the original print server went down.  Would the easiest/quickest way be to install the same types of drivers locally on the second server, indicate the TCP/IP port ip address of each server and test them out instead of trying to copy the drivers over from the first server?  Any assistance offered would be greatly appreciated.  
Question by:regsamp
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    Yeah I would install the drivers locally on server2.  But I guess the fastest way to install the printers from server1 and then change ports to TCP-IP local ports instead of pointing to server1\printer1.  I guess it all depends how many printers are involved!

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    We are looking at about twenty printers.  
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    Well most painless way would be this: If your servers are of the same harware specs use norton ghost make an image of the current server and then image the other server and just change the name then add it to the network. That way if your original server goes you just change the servername to match the faulty server and you don't have to make changes at OS level.

    As above mentioned webquarters tcp-ip is faster and you then don't have to worry about alternative problems that might pop up like dns for the unc name path \\server\printer$


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    tx does your hardware match though?

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