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I was working in a campus network and called about the print queue deleted.
A print queue has been accidentally deleted from windows 2003 print cluster.
how could this be recovered. is it possible to recover it using print management?

if the print queue is deleted would the port name be deleted too?
if I can find the port name I will be able to recreate the queue, but how can you tell which port name belong to which queue name, when the queue name is no longer there?

as a note the printer is no listed in Active Directory.

Appreciate it
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Deleting the [printer (the queue) does not normally affect the port. However, it depends on how the printer was deleted. If the printer had a network connection, the port will still be listed, unless it was deliberately deleted. If it was a USB connection, your guess is as good as mine

There is no real way of telling which port belongs to the deleted queue. However, if you look through the ports list on the server you should find a port that has no printer attached. That is likely the one you want. To check the ports, go to Properties of any other printer and click the Ports tab. Also, if it is a network connection, it will show the printer's IP address. That should let you verify which is the correct port, even if there are multiple unused ports. I assume you know the IP address of the printer, if not, print out a configuration page on the printer.
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what if If I  din't remember the queue name, does that mean there is no way to find the queue name,even when printing out the configuration.??
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That's correct. As far as I know the queue name is not recoverable. However, the user PCs should still show the printer, even if it has been deleted from the server. That will tell you the queue name.

Most organisations have files that list critrical network details, including print queue names, device IP addresses, DNS names, etc. Surely a campus has these details listed somewhere?
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<<PCs should still show the printer, even if it has been deleted from the server. That will tell you the queue name.>>

would they be able to print to it? as long as the port has not been deleted ?

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As they're printing via the server, once the queue is gone their printing stops.
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Thanks a lot
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