How to migrate printers from 2003 to 2012 R2

Is it possible to migrate the printer drivers and queues from 2003 to 2012 R2. If so, how?

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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
It's not so much of a migration as it is a move and re-install of the printers.

Typically there is nothing in the printer queues for very long, so there is no reason to "migrate" them.

As for the drivers, you should see if the printer manufacturer has a printer driver for the devices.  There is also a very good chance that 2012 will have a native driver that will work.

What makes/models or printers are we talking about?

Just move the printers to 2012 R2, install and re-share and test.
rdefinoAuthor Commented:
So, I need to download all the drivers then for the printers? No way to move the drivers?
Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Not the ones that are already installed, you need to install the printers.

If you already have them downloaded from the previous installs, you can try to use those but they may not be compatible with 2012 R2.
Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
I recommend downloading new drivers for your printers.  First off, the 2003 drivers are probably 32-bit and you'll need 64-bit drivers for your 2012 server.  At the same time, if you still have 32-bit workstations, you'll need to be sure that you load both 32- and 64-bit drivers on the server.  Also, chances are that the drivers you're using will be outdated anyway.  Many manufacturers (like Xerox, Ricoh, Canon, HP, etc.) provide a Universal Print Driver that's compatible with all common printer models, so you may only need to download one set of drivers even if you have more than one printer from any one manufacturer.  You can use Windows native drivers for some printers, but for the most part I recommend using drivers provided by the manufacturer if they're available.

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I believe that there is no official route for migrating printers cleanly from 2003 to 2012.
We handled our migration of 2300+ printers by writing a vbscript collecting vital printer data.
We then pre-installed new drivers (mainly universal drivers) and then created drivers/ports on the new servers from data gathered from old servers.
The script also handled setting the printing preferences
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