print server 03 to 12 and IP addresses help

Posted on 2013-09-20
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I would like to move printers from an old 2003 print server to a new 2012 server. All HP printers and Windows 7 Pro desktops / laptops. I found a few articles online which seem to have pretty good directions (I bookmarked them and will post the links later).

However, I would also like to change about 15 of the printer's IP addresses as they are not in the same range, and are scattered themselves. I have 15 concurrent static addresses available for them. Just wondering if changing the IP will affect users. Essentially, will they need to remap them?

Also, some are named by the default HP name (seeing a lot of NPI / NDI). Same question for name changes. Will changing affect users and will they need to remap if I change a name? Some printers are in the range I'd like to use so there would be no IP change, just a name change, some will have both changed.

Question by:king daddy
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Emmanuel Adebayo earned 750 total points
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To manage the migration process, use one of the following:
• The Printer Migration Wizard, which you access through Print Management, a snap-in in Microsoft Management Console (MMC).

• The Printbrm.exe command-line tool.

If the destination server replaces the source server in the network (same name or IP address), then there should be no impact to other computers in the enterprise.

If the destination server has a different name or IP address than the source server, then all clients with existing print connections must delete and recreate those print connections so that they target the destination server.



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by:king daddy
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perfect. thanks for the info. different name and IP. I think I will try to set it up in the login script for the duration of next week, then leave it as a stand-alone batch file after.

Well, will scripting it to delete old printers and add new work? I only have about 20 printers and they are already in a batch file so it'll be easy to edit it to delete the old mappings and add the new. I would think it would be anyway. Any tips on that?

thanks again.
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by:Rob Stone
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If you meet the requirements, I would manage printers via Group Policy.

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by:king daddy
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Just now getting back to this. Ran into some storage issues that had to be dealt with.

Stoner79 - thanks for the link. It pointed to 2008 but I found info for 2012. I believe I will go with Group Policy for the new printer server.

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i would not mess with ip's unless you are going to deploy them via group policy

i would start clean and not try to migrate them....

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