Is there a directory or what is best practice for backing up a Print Server

Hello EE,

Are you backing up your Print Server and if so, what is the recommended directories for recovery?
I know it's just a matter of installing drivers so I'm not sure if there is a benefit or not.
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MicrosoftSavvyCommented:
How big is your network and how many printers are installed on it?
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operationsITAuthor Commented:
We have 6 branches which have 12 printers.
At corporate I have 96
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MicrosoftSavvyCommented:
that would be a lot of work to redo with that many.  
do you have a budget for the backup?
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operationsITAuthor Commented:
We can add the server to backups, but I'm wondering what we'd backup
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hdhondtCommented:
If you back up C:\Windows\System32\spool\* then all queued print files, as well as all installed drivers will be backed up.
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Spike99On-Site IT TechnicianCommented:
I don't think backing up that directory would completely back up the entire printing environment since it wouldn't preserve the printer-related registry entries.

I think you might be better off using PRINTBRM command line tool to back up the printers.

The command would go something like this (you don't need to specify the server name if you're running it on the print server in question):
printbrm -b -f -o -s SERVERNAME c:\printer_backups\backup.printerExport

The .printerExport file can be used to restore a print server or to migrate from one print server to another one:
printbrm -r -s SERVERNAME c:\printer_backups\backup.printerExport

You could create a batch file to run this & then schedule a daily or weekly task on the server to run that bat file.  Then, you would just need to backup the folder that contains the export file (you could copy it to a network location).

If you decide to use that tool, you should download the latest update for PrintBrm:
https://support2.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;2636591

These links are good references for using the printbrm tool:
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd392278%28v=ws.10%29.aspx
http://ss64.com/nt/printbrm.html
https://brmc.codeplex.com/
http://blogs.technet.com/b/askperf/archive/2012/04/03/migrating-print-queues-quickly-using-printbrm-configuration-files-and-the-generic-text-only-driver.aspx
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2008/Q_27075302.html
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Spike99On-Site IT TechnicianCommented:
You can also use the print management console to import/export printers & drivers.
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operationsITAuthor Commented:
Great suggestions
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