How to add printers to my windows 2003 file and print cluster

Posted on 2009-04-27
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Okay my memory is failing me here.,   I have set up an active / passive cluster with file and print.  I somehow set up a couple of printer queues, I didn't make notes, I should have because for the life of me I can't figure out how to add more printers.

I found a great website that explained how to do this in detail, not Microsoft.  Anyway, I did check Microsoft KBs to no avail.

I have a couple printers set up, however they don't appear in the "Printers & Faxes" box in either one of my two cluster servers.

If I do an active directory search for these two printers, they do appear and I can install them.

I created a print spooler resource using the cluster admin wizard, all appears to be fine.

Question by:gregfranklin99
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    You need to use the cluster administration tool to create a new printer resource.  If memory serves it is pretty much the same as setting up a normal print queue but you have to use the cluster administration tool so that both nodes of the cluster are aware of the printer.  

    If you use the printers and faxes wizard the printer will only be available on the node that you use the wizard on.

    Author Comment

    Yes I have already used the cluster administration tool to creat the printer resource.  I have added a couple of printers, my question is how to add more?  

    The wizard I was using was the "Cluster Application Wizard", to create the spooler resource.

    Author Comment

    Okay I found it.  You have to go to \\cluster\Printers and Faxes  From there you click on "Add Printer" from the top left menu.
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    Here's the Microsoft article on how to setup a print cluster:
    How to set up a clustered print server

    And, yes, *all* printer and port management has to happen through \\VirtualServer, ideally from an administrative client, not from one of the nodes. You can safely delete any printers or ports you might have added when starting the local "Printers and faxes" window, they're not accessible through the cluster.
    Another thing worth knowing when working with a print cluster and trying to script printer management: the usual VB scripts in the system32 folder ("dir prn*.vbs") are NOT cluster compatible.
    Ironically enough, the scripts in the W2k3 ResKit using Prnadmin.dll, which seem to be the predeccesors of the system32 scripts, are cluster compatible:
    Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools

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