W2k3 Std - copy printer?

Posted on 2013-09-11
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Last Modified: 2013-09-18
Server:  Win2k3 standard

Is there a way to copy a printer, then just change the port?  We have duplicate printers all over with different iP addresses....

2 of the are not working the same, despite manually reviewing all printer server properties.  So if we could copy the good working one to a new printer, then just change the TCP/IP port - thought we could give that a try.
Question by:ohioholiday
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Emmanuel Adebayo earned 1500 total points
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If I understand you correctly, you can use Print Migration Tool

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by:Michael Machie
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Be extremely wary of the Print Migration tool as I have seen it corrupt and completely hose everything in the process. While at Xerox I had numerous admins look for a method like this and after about a year at Xerox I was receiving numerous complaints from the admins who use the Tool - resulting in the need for them to rebuild everything from scratch.

I know, I know, Microsoft says the tool works and thousands of people have been successful using it but you will want to make a backup of the destination server prior to performing the migration via the tool. I know I would hate to be the '1 in 1,000' that it fails for.

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There is no way to just make a 2nd copy of the printer on the same win2k3 server?  I've used printmig to move printers from server to server, but never to copy 1 onto the same server... I will try
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by:Michael Machie
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You cannot clone or copy a printer like that.. unfortunately.
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by:Michael Machie
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What was your final solution? We see the comment marked as the solution so were you able to use the migration tool to copy/clone a printer?

If not, what was your fix?

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