Print server migration from cluster to single print server

Hi Fellow Experts,

I have a question that I hope someone can answer failry quickly:

We have a Win2K3 MSCS print cluster in place that is due for decom and we do not require MSCS any more as the operation is hugely diminished. We have set up a new single print server, run printmig to migrate all of the printers and want to point all of the users to the new print server. I tried to change the DNS entry for the cluster IP (print queue) and this works until I shut down the cluster, the DNS entrry points to the new server. I believe this has something to do with the way the name is resolved and that the name has to be a real NETBIOS name, not just a DNS entry. The new server obviously has a different NETBIOS name to its predecessor.

So my question is, can this be done by manipulating DNS or do I need to make a change to their login script to change their print server from _oldprintsrv to _newprintsrv?

I have found a tool that should be able to do this but would love to be able to use the old DNS entry if possible as this gives me the freedom to migrate again in future without having to mess wiht all users, only DNS.
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Krzysztof PytkoSenior Active Directory EngineerCommented:
Create an alias in DNS for the old name and set up registry on your new print server according to this MS article. It's for SQL but also works for Print Servers (checked by myself in my network :) )

Now, your clients shoudl be able to access the old printers on the new server

cjrmail2kAuthor Commented:
Ok I will try that now, thanks. Is there no WINS involvement in this?
Krzysztof PytkoSenior Active Directory EngineerCommented:
Nope, only DNS alias (CNAME) with the old name pointing to the new name


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cjrmail2kAuthor Commented:
Cool thanks, I had to also run setspn to get it working but it is all sorted now.

heres the doc I found

Thanks for the help bud. All points for pointing me in the right direction...

cjrmail2kAuthor Commented:
Krzysztof PytkoSenior Active Directory EngineerCommented:
You're welcome. I'm glad that it works for you :)

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