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Print server migration from 2003 server to 2008 r2

We need to migrate a Windows 2003 server to Server 2008 r2 OS and I need help.  We have mostly Win7 and some XP machines on our network...about 1,000 machines in total.  I wanted to know what the best way to go about this would be and offer your experience so I can have this as a guide.

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Christopher McKayCommented:
This technet article deals with this type of migration:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd379488(v=ws.10).aspx

Is there something specific that you're looking for assistance with?

Hope this helps!

:o)

Bartender_1
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uppercut7141Author Commented:
Hello,

Thanks for this article.  I also wanted to know if I would need to touch every single machine in order to get each printer working...I had seen this article before, but from I remember, I don't believe that it goes into this at all.  Maybe its because it may be assumed that all computer would just need the new printer name...maybe?
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Christopher McKayCommented:
From the article:
"Impact of migration on other computers in the enterprise

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."

Hope this helps!

:o)

Bartender_1
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uppercut7141Author Commented:
What does this mean in lamens terms?

I'm considering changing the name, but not the IP address...
What's the impact in my case?
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Christopher McKayCommented:
The name of the server would be associated with a DNS entry giving the client the IP Address. If you change the name OR the IP address, the links to the printers will "break" and will need to be removed and reconnected.

The only way you can avoid having to redo the printers, is by keeping the same name, and the same IP address for the server. Keep in mind, you will also need to setup the shares again too.

All told, it will probably be the same amount of work to try to avoid having to change the clients, as it will be to just change the printers on the clients using Group Policy.
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