printserver migration from Microsoft 2003 to 2008 server

Posted on 2012-09-11
Last Modified: 2014-09-09
I need help. I have never done a printserver migration before and I am trying to follow these instructions

but I cannot find the "print management" tool in adminstrative tools or the printbrm.exe file. Is this something I need to install and if so from where? Thanks
Question by:Thomas N
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    Have you added the print server role to the 2008 box?

    I believe that once you do that, it should be there.
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    Expert Comment

    Dear thomastxiee,

    First, you need to install print components by using the mentioned steps in this article.

    Install Print Components

    Kindly keep us posted.


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    by:Thomas N
    Thanks okay that solves that problem. Have you guys done a migration before from 2003 to 2008 server? It tells me this part:

    "If you are migrating from the x86-based architecture of Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 to the x64-based architecture of Windows Server 2008 R2, you should install x64-based drivers on the source server before creating the backup file. The migration process copies all installed drivers from the source server to the destination server. It recreates the printer queues on the destination server if the printer settings file contains the x64-based drivers.

    Verify that each print queue on the source server has a driver installed for the operating system on the destination server before creating the printer settings file. For example, if you are migrating an x86-based source print server to an x64-based destination print server, verify that each print queue has an x64-based driver installed before you create the printer settings file. Any print queue that does not have a cross-architecture driver installed will not be migrated to the destination server."

    Does this mean I need to find the printers 64 bit drivers for 2008 server? I have old printers and they have Windows 7 64 bit drivers but not 2008 server 64 but drivers, what printer does?

    Author Comment

    by:Thomas N
    yea i did see that the printers we have dont have 2008 server 64bit drivers. does this mean im out of luck and I can only migrate my print server to a 32 bit server?
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    Expert Comment

    Have you considered a universal printer solution? HP and Ricoh do them for example.

    They are generally quite good and often free. Of course if you have mixed manufacturers it may not help.

    That said, most windows 7 drivers tend to work with 2008 in my admittedly limite experience.

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    by:Thomas N
    sorry tony1044, that is not an option for us.

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