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Advice on Migrating Windows Server 2000 Printers to Server 2003

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We currently have an older server running Windows Server 2000.  
This machine is sharing out 6 printers to the clients in that branch.
This server has no purpose other than to act as a print server.
We now need to take this server and move it to another branch, so we would like to migrate these printers over to a slightly newer server running Windows Server 2003.
I am not sure the easiest, safest way to make this happen.
Any advice would be much appreciated.
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I would use the Windows printer migration tool.
It is very cool and works really nice 
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OK so here's what I did.  I downloaded the PRINTMIG.exe and copied it onto the desktop of both servers.
I then ran the app on the old server housing the printers and selected BACKUP.  I saved the .CAB file locally and it was successful.
I then took this .CAB and transferred it over to the newer server.
I ran the PRINTMIG app and selected RESTORE and pointed it to the .CAB file.
It did a bunch of stuff and then a message came up stating something about kernel drivers or something like that.  I had a choice to continue or cancel so I continued.
The "restore" finished and I now have all of these printers listed and shared out.
The problem though is that out of the 7 printers (I mentioned 6 earlier), 4 of them say OFFLINE.
They are not OFFLINE on the other server.

Why is this happening?

Thanks in advance.
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I agree with Bdesmond. I would upgrade the drivers (Especially the HP ones) to the newest version.
OK well for the ones that were showing as offline I removed them and their ports and reinstalled using updated PCL5 drivers.

For the ones that were showing as READY I will have to check with that branch to see if printing works properly.  If not then I will remove them and re-add them using new drivers.

Thanks for your help everyone.