Migrate printers Server 2003 R2 to Server 2008 R2

Hey guys,

We have a server 2003 R2 server with a few printers installed and both x86/x64 drivers.
We have a new server 2008 R2 server here and i'll to migrate all the printers over. What's the best way to proceed?

Thanks.
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Cobra25Asked:
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Depending on how you have the printers deployed.  Via script or group policy?

I would setup and install the printers on the server.  One thing to keep in mind is there are no 32bit drivers for 2008 R2.  So if you have some 32bit systems that will need access to those printers.  Install the regular 2008 drivers both 32/64 instead of the 2008 R2 drivers.

I deploy my printers via gpo so in the gpo i would change the gpo to the new settings and set it to update. GPO will push the info to the systems.

If its via script, add the line to remove all printers and then re-add the updated printers.
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Don S.Commented:
What I usually do is create all of the printers on the new server with new drivers (this is a good time to change printer names if you want to).  Once they are created and tested on the new server, then I setup a VB script to execute upon login for each user that seeks out the old printer name, removes it then adds the appropriate new printer in it's place.  I can share a sample script if you would like or you can google it - lots of them out there.
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Cobra25Author Commented:
Well on the current server all the drivers are there, it would be nice to to just back up everything and import it into the new server rather than having to redownload drivers :)
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Don S.Commented:
The drivers for your 2003 server won't do well on your 2008 R2 server.  Do yourself a BIG favor and install new ones (download current versions) for the new server.
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Cobra25Author Commented:
Dons6718, how do i add the 32 bit drivers?
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
You go to the properties of the printer > Sharing Tab > Additional Drivers.  Check the x86 and then pick the driver.

Just make sure the drivers are for server 2008 and not 2008 R2.  You cannot load a 2008 R2 x64 driver and load a server 2008 32bit driver.  Drivers for both 32 and 64 have to be identical
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Cobra25Author Commented:
Is it normal for it to ask for the location of the I386 Folder after trying that?
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Don S.Commented:
Some older drivers may ask for x86 code libraries.  Generally new drivers do not do that - even for the x86 version.  If you have HP printers I would suggest using the HP Universal drivers for both x64 and x86.  They are fairly stable these days.  Same goes for Ricoh universal drivers.   Others are hit and miss.
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