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How to migrate print servers from a windows 2008 member to a DC windows 2008

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I have backed up all my printers through the printbrm -b -o force -f to a file on the file server which also is my print server. My File & print server is running windows 2008 Enterprise.
I also have a DC windows 2008 server that I wanted to use as a backup or start to migrate print servers off of the File print server to this DC.  The reason is that I have an issue with vss that I can't do a BMR on my current File & Print server.
I am looking for having a backup on the print server envirorment incase something happens to my File and print server.
I have add print services feature to my DC and now I want to see if I should migrate printers or just have the configuration available , incase the file and print server is not available.
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To open a Command Prompt window,
click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.

To perform a remote backup :
CD %WINDIR%\System32\Spool\Tools Printbrm -s \\<sourcecomputername> -b -f <filename>.printerExport


To perform a remote restore:

Printbrm -s \\<destinationcomputername> -r -f <filename>.printerExport
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DeadMan, I appreciate your input, I don't quite understand the  effect. Is this just the configuration of all my printers, or will this export them to another server? How can I migrate printers one at a time?
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1. CD %WINDIR%\System32\Spool\Tools Printbrm -s \\<sourcecomputername> -b -f <filename>.printerExport

It will save configuration of present print server has a file.

2. Printbrm -s \\<destinationcomputername> -r -f <filename>.printerExport

This command export configuration file to another server. It will migrate to your new server.

Please go through with below article link will explain and migration procedure.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-in/library/cc722360.aspx

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2008/A_3358-Migrating-Printers-from-Server-2003-x32-to-Server-2008-R2-x64.html
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by:jim3725
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Deadman: I have exported the printers into a file. I just want to make sure the impact when I use import to the new server, that it will only setup the print servers on the new server but will not impact the existing source print server.
I wanted to have the printers be ready incase I ever had an issue with the original source computer with the print servers.
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Check this article

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd379488(v=ws.10).aspx

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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So it doesn't impact the current print server, it only imports it on to the alternate server.
I would just have to go to the clients and reconfigure them to point to alternate server, Correct?
Also I don't think I want to publish them again in AD when I 'm doing the import, Correct?
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The alternate server will be used as a backup print server and possibly share some of the print server load.
I understand that I would have to visit the clients to point them to the alternate server. I was just being cautious that the import migration to a different server would not have any impact on the source server or the clients that are connected to it. please confirm
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No impact on the source server or the clients that are connected
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followed the steps as outlined.
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Deadman, regarding List in the directory, Should I list printers that were previously listed? Which option is best to use
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