Windows 7 Client - Server 2003 Server - Push Printer Connections? Driver issues

Greetings Experts

I have a number of HP printers, and up until recently we have been a Server 2003 / Windows XP shop.  We have started deploying Windows 7 Desktops across our enterprise.

I setup push printer connections and mapped drivers to replace the traditional login script, and it's working great.  Only problem is I think I'm running into some driver issues on the Windows 7 boxes.

Periodically the users cannot print, and the only solution so far has been to restart the PC or restart the print spooler.

I tried using the HP Universal Print Driver, and it seems OK but we lose a lot of functionality on our larger MFC units.  Today I used the RSAT print management console to add the drivers from my Windows 7 box for the printers i'm having problems with.

Any other ideas?
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Auric1983Asked:
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MightySWCommented:
Hi, you should be good to go it you use windows 7 as the print server, or upgrade one of your servers to 2008 R2.  This will allow windows 7 drivers to be able to be pushed.

Another way is to add the printers locally to the 7 machines and add the share to them through the printer properties of the printserver.  This will allow the win 7 to use it's driver on the 2003/xp printer conduit and not the 2003/xp drivers.

HTH
Auric1983Author Commented:
Mighty,

Using a windows 7 machine as a print server is not an option.

I'm planning on replacing a couple servers this year with 2008 R2
MightySWCommented:
Ok, I hear you.  Good call.  That's really the only option.  You already know about the loss of some functionality with 2003/XP drivers with local windows 7 drivers.
Auric1983Author Commented:
I'm sure there is another way though.
Auric1983Author Commented:

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