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Print Server Migration 2003 x86 to 2008 R2 Tools

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I have a 2003 32bit windows server which hosts a print server role.

I installed a new windows 2008 server R2 which i enabled the print server role.

The goal is to migrate all the print server data onto the new 2008 64bit server to include both 32 and 64 bit drivers.

I simply want to migrate the drivers/printers but not go live yet. simply stage the new print server by adding all the data from the 2003 server.

I have found a few articles on technet. They say best pratice would be to install the 64-bit drivers on the source server(32bit host) prior to running the migration. However, I need a bit of guidance with steps such as:

What exactly is migrated? Is it just the printer config? or the drivers as well?

Am i going to have to perform any manual procedures or is there a tool that makes this seamlessly?

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So far what i did:

From the 2008 R2 server I connected using the Print Mgmt mmc to the old server and exported the list of printer to a conf file.

Then imported the list into the 2008 R2 server. However, I saw plenty of failed restore print queue messages during the import.

I assume they are not important as I am only staging the server. I don't think i need to the queues now. Simply all the data ( printers, drivers) plus somehow enable 64-bit drivers on the fly - or somehow easily

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Will Szymkowski earned 2000 total points
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Follow the below link for complete migration for print servers.
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722360.aspx

Also when you are adding drivers to different Windows architectures you need to use an OS with the supported architecture to ensure the driver is installed on the server.

Meaning if you are trying to add 64bit driver to a 32bit machine you need to have a 64bit Win7 or another server, connect to the printer from the client machine select drivers, install the drivers locally on the client and it will push the drivers up to the server.

The same rules applies for 32bit drivers on 64bit machines.

Will.
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Thanks Will.
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