2008 Server - are native drivers necessary for running as printserver?

Posted on 2009-02-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I need to set up a new file server and was contemplating perhaps moving up to the newer Windows 2008 64-bit operating system (as opposed to 2003 32-bit).

This server will also be running as a printserver, and in that regard I am not entirely clear on whether that means that I will need native Windows 2008 server printer drivers for it to work correctly.

All the clients who will be using the print queues will be running Windows XP professional 32/64 (NO Vista machines here), so I was hoping to be able to get away with only installing XP (and/or 2003) drivers. Naturally, when having to support older printers, the likelihood of finding Windows 2008-specific drivers (and 64-bit at that) are not as good as for finding XP/2003 drivers.

Can anybody tell me if I can make this work with just the XP/2003 drivers Im likely to be able to get a hold of? Or is it - unfortunately - an absolute necessity to have 2008 drivers?

Question by:LuftHansi-DK
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    Expert Comment

    You will need 64-bit drivers as native drivers running on the printserver, then you need to add additional drivers for those printers that will be printing on Windows 2003 server and XP.
    many printer vendors has 64-bit drivers ready for their printers and if you are not using a printerbrand that is very very unknown I do believe that they will have 64-bit drivers, at least for quite modern printer models.
    what printer models/brands are we talking about?

    Author Comment

    Hi Mikael,

    The following:
    HP Laserjet 4 plus (three)
    HP Laserjet 5000
    Canon iR2200
    Canon iR C4080
    Canon MS 3110 (two)
    Toshiba 352
    Konica Minolte 750/600
    HP Laserjet 5100
    Oce tds 320 Plotter
    HP Laserjet 4250n

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    Here is some information i fetched from the vendors websites, it seams like everyone of them have (didnt find Canon MS3110, dont know that model)
    hope this info helps you
    / Mikael

    Author Closing Comment

    Hi Mikael,
    That was above and beyond the call of duty! Thanks a lot!
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    Expert Comment

    You are so welcome, Im always satisfied helping others...
    good luck!

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