Avatar of Matt
Matt
 asked on

Duplicating a printer server

Hi all,

I want to duplicate a print server (2008 r2) I have on one site to another site to get away from having to rebuild. My plan is to restore the original printer server as a VM, run sysprep, add back to the domain.

Will this plan work or is it just better to rebuild from scratch?
Windows Server 2008Active Directory

Avatar of undefined
Last Comment
yo_bee

8/22/2022 - Mon
ASKER CERTIFIED SOLUTION
yo_bee

Log in or sign up to see answer
Become an EE member today7-DAY FREE TRIAL
Members can start a 7-Day Free trial then enjoy unlimited access to the platform
Sign up - Free for 7 days
or
Learn why we charge membership fees
We get it - no one likes a content blocker. Take one extra minute and find out why we block content.
Not exactly the question you had in mind?
Sign up for an EE membership and get your own personalized solution. With an EE membership, you can ask unlimited troubleshooting, research, or opinion questions.
ask a question
Lionel MM

When you say printer server are you meaning a server 2008 that houses all your printers and that you want to create a second 2008 server from it? Or do you mean you want to transfer all the printers from one server to another? From your question it sounds like you want to duplicate a server install - if that is the case then is the current server a VM or a physical server?
Matt

ASKER
Current server is a VM and I want to duplicate it.
Lionel MM

Assuming you are using Microsoft Hyper-V, Then the "official" way it to export the VM and then import it on the other Hyper-V system. However I prefer to copy the virtual disk, create a new VM on the other Hyper-V, setup all the required settings but use the virtual disk you copied instead of creating a new one. I have had too many problems exporting and importing but if I copy the virtual disk It always works. Is the server you wish to duplicate a domain controller or just a plain server with no domain responsibilities other than doing all the printing?
Your help has saved me hundreds of hours of internet surfing.
fblack61
Matt

ASKER
If it was a domain controller trust me I wouldn't be considering copy it. I think you are missing the question. I have a VM that is a 2008 R2 server that has file and print enabled. I want to know whether it would be OK to clone the VM and run a sysprep and reuse the print configuration or whether this isn't worth the bother or maybe there is another way to capture the print config?
Lionel MM

Yes
yo_bee

Why the B Grade?
Get an unlimited membership to EE for less than $4 a week.
Unlimited question asking, solutions, articles and more.