Procedure to upgrade Printer server 2003 to MS 2008 server

I wanted to know the procedure to upgrade a print server from server 2003 to server 2008 or anything above.  Can someone assist?
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Rodney BarnhardtServer AdministratorCommented:
I guess the answer depends on you current environment and what you will be moving to. If you go to a x64 print server in 2008 or higher, then it is a little more complicated since the x86 drivers will not migrate. Also, you need to verify that each of your printer vendors makes a 2008 driver. I ran into two of our multifunction printers that did not support 2008. Some vendors make a "universal driver" that you can use on older printers, but sometimes all of the features are not there.

If you are going from a x86 2003 print server to a x86 2008, the you can use the migration tool to move everything from one server to another.

However, as I said, if you are moving to an x64 print server, then you will need to manually install the new print drivers. The user on the link below used the Windows 2008 printer migration to move the printers to the 2008 server, but still had to manually install the x64 drivers.

Personally, I only had about 15-20 printers max on each of my print servers. I recreated everything from scratch, then ran a login script that would delete the old printer and install the new one. That way everything was fresh and new.

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