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HI, about to migrate 2000+ print queues to new 2008r2 64bit  and in tene dto use 64 bit drivers throughout (which we have for all our printers.
PrintBrmUI can handle the queuese  (or at least in testing it did)

question is, wanting to preinstall drivers on the new print servers, is there any way to add more than one at a time?  not the end of the workld but just over 90 drivers to add :-(

also noticed over the years manufactures have change printer names within the dirvers and this has caused some issues, any way around that?

is it worth the foofrt of chaning the inf file and resigning (if thats possible?) so every thing maps well.

any advice on this greatly apprciated.
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yep, but only works when drivers are same name
eg  there could be a  hpcolour_pcl6  driver on old system, its new driver is hpcolourpcl6
the lack of underscore will cause it to fail.
changing the name in the driver causes the signiture to fail.
so wanting to pre poulate the server with drivers so they will all work, rather than the utility bring over print queues that may not.
its just he quantity, will take quite a while to do so looking for better soloutions if there are any
cheers
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Ah ok - gotcha.

I must admit I'm not aware of any methods to ease the installation of printer drivers I'm afraid.

But have you considered looking at the universal drivers?

HP have them, as do Ricoh now.

Might be able to use a UPD for the bulk of them and then only specific drivers where required?
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by:mhamer
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hi, did go for UPD all round  only needed half a dozen exceptions. and will phase those out
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Thanks for the points. Glad I could help in some small way.

I'm a huge fan of the UPD's - they save SO much in terms of support costs.

Good luck with the rest of the migration.
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