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I used PrintMig 3.1 to backup and restore printers from a win2k server to a win2k3 print server.  About 40 printers out of 108 did not migrate.  I have seen simular questions on this forum, but have not yet seen a solution to this issue.  Apparently, PRINTBRM.EXE cannot be used to migrate from 2000 to 2003.  Is that correct?  Has anyone found another solution that I can use to migrate the remainder of the printers?  I haven't been able to determine why the printers did not migrate.
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You need to have all drivers installed on new server beforehand.
Examine printmig log - it tells you what went wrong.
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I personally prefer to reinstall the devices with new drivers etc - otherwise you transfer any problems with printing across.

The extra setup time will be recouped in the time the new servers running!
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Installing the print drivers and rerunning the print mig tool added a few more printers to the target server, however, there were still a few printers that did not migrate.
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so you are missing few more drivers....
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I have installed the drivers, but there are a few of the printers (queues) that are still missing after rerunning the printmig.  Originally, there were about 40 printers that did not migrate, now there are only 14.  I am going to review the missing printers to see if they are older printers that did not migrate.  I will get back with you regarding the printers that did not migrate.
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maybe they have jobs spooled and are not inside pm.cab?
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Hmm...good thought.  Maybe I will run another backup and retry the restore.  Does the backup also close the print spool, or is the spool only closed on the restore?
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it does not export printers with documents, and it restarts spoolsvc twice for export and twice for import.
really schedule it midnight if possible
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