Best way to migrate print queues from Windows 2003 32b to Windows 2008 64b?

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Technically I am trying to migrate printers from Windows 2000 to 2008. I used Printmig 3.1 and migrated the queues to 2003, as a test I installed about 5 x64 drivers out of 15 and then tried to import them into a Win7 machine using the Print Management tool. None of the queues carry over although all off the drivers and ports are installed.

Any ideas why the queues won't migrate or something I can do to make it work?
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Rodney BarnhardtServer Administrator

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There really isn't a good way unless there is a third party tool, and I am not aware of a free one. The drivers are totally different, so MS does not make a migrate tool. If you were doing x86 to x86, I believe it works, but x86 to x64 does not. I basically had to install the drivers and recreate the printers.

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Do you know of any good tools that I can buy that will work?
Rodney BarnhardtServer Administrator

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Actually, just looking. Someone on here has done this with the migration utility and documented it. Looks like you have to manually load the drivers on the 2008 server first.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2008/A_3358-Migrating-Printers-from-Server-2003-x32-to-Server-2008-R2-x64.html
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I tried this method but it didn't work. I wonder if some of the drivers didn't work on the new queue so it stopped the migration. I would think it would just ignore the queues that didn't work.
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No, it won't. I have had some "non-major" providers drivers stop the migration even between 2008 servers. As an example, we have several Zebra printers. If I do not successfully install the drivers in advance, the migration doesn't even work between like servers. I found this out by checking the server event logs and saw what drivers were causing the process to fail.

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Thanks, this helps clarify it at least. The biggest problem with it stopping because of a driver issue is some of the older printers don't have compatible print drivers for a 64 bit system.
Rodney BarnhardtServer Administrator

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Just a note, if the printer does not have a 2008 driver, that is a problem. It has to be 2008 compatible. What I have managed to do is most manufactures are making a "universal" print driver. I have managed to make that work in most cases. I have had 3 exceptions and have migrated print servers at 8 locations. The first was that while the programs like Word worked fine with the Lexmark universal driver, AutoCAD did not. The printer had to be replaced. The second was that after further research, the printer wasn't 64-bit compatible at all. It had to be replaced. The third was a Konica-Minolta that did not work with the universal drivers and their support was not help. We were moving all users to Windows 7, so we were forced to make the move.

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