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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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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 :)
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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Dons6718, how do i add the 32 bit drivers?
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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Is it normal for it to ask for the location of the I386 Folder after trying that?
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.