Migrating printers from windows server 2003 to windows server 2008

Posted on 2009-02-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hi Guys
I deperately need your help..
I have tried migrating printers from Windows server 2003 to Windows Server 2008.

but it got failed badly

Here is what I did
- Installed the printer role on my new server 2008
- Exported the list of pritners using the migration tool ( I think it's name is printbrm) from my old server 2003 and saved it as xxx.printerexport
-Imported the list of printers using the migration tool wizard.

Only one priter got added and the rest of the printers did not get added but only there drivers.
this is the error message I see on all the printers that didn't get added in the event viewer

" Install the native version of the driver on the destination computer and then retry importing the print queues."

Have anyone any ideas what this error message means..

Please and thanks..

Question by:ashjuv
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    Author Comment

    I used that exact document as reference. but instead of windows vista, I used windows server 2008 itself to first export the pirnters to a file and then import it through that file.

    Is there anyone here who have done this type of migration and have real life experience doing the printer migration

    Author Comment

    Have anyone seen this post. help!!
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    Assisted Solution

    What are the processor platforms on the different servers x86, x64 that you import export from
    if you e.g. export from a x86 platform and then wants it installed on a x64 platform you must install the x64 native drivers before you can do the rest.
    / Mikael

    Accepted Solution

    Hi when I do the migration, only drivers get migrated. In the printer drivers list I see that there are drivers for both x86 and x64. My server platform is 64 bit, therfore the ones that are 64 bit not the native drivers for that printers?? Please let me know..


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