Applying GPO from Windows 2003 to a 2008 R2 Print Server

Hi all, I have a Windows 2003 forest with a 2003 Primary DC. I also have 2 windows 2003 print servers. All my clients are running Windows 7 Professional. Yet, my DC/GPO's are from a 2003 server.

I staged 2 windows 2008 print servers in effort to decommission the 2003 print servers. I have all the printer and ports configured on the new 2008 servers.

Now I am wondering what would be the best way to perform the changeover. I have a 2003 DC with all the GPO’s in place. However, due to the fact that I now have staged 2008 print servers, I am wondering if the 2003 policies will apply to my 2008 print server?

How should I proceed?

Many thanks in advance.

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
they will apply gpo's are almost always upwards compatible
Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
Yes they will.
Gajendra RathodLead System AdministratorCommented:
As client machine are windows 7, I recommend

1. Installed latest printer driver (32bit and 64 bit) in windows 2008

2. Create new GPO and apply to few machine.

3. Check printer is correctly installed in few machine. Compare the pereference of printer in client machine with 2003 and 2008 print server.

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