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Migrate Print server from Windows server 2003 to server 2012 R2 with same name with 100+ printer

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Hi All,

I have Server 2003 with 100+ printer installed and many users are using the same. I have to migrate the same with Servers 2012 R2. As of now I have installed Server 2012 R2 with all printer in new server.
My question is if I will rename current server with XXX_Old and give XXX name to my new server then have any issues to users? Print server name is same for clients. anyone have proven solutions or any method to do it.

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Yogesh
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Hi Yogesh,

Try this article:
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj134150(v=ws.11).aspx

This goes through the scenario you are describing, i.e. 2003 to 2012R2 printer migration.

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Andy
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Thanks Andy for your update.

I already gone through that link, my question is If i rename current Printer server (Server 2003) from abc to abc_old and new server (Server 2012 R2) from xxx to abc then do i require any thing at client and or all the clients are able to print normal was with new server with same name.
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Hi Yogesh, yes that is correct, renaming the printers ensures the users are still connected to the same printer queues (as long as printer names stay the same also).
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Are you sure, as I am changing Server OS from 2003 to 2012 R2. I have more then 1000 users and 100+ printers. If something goes wrong then there will be a big downtime.
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Hi Yogesh,
Have a look at this blog (near the end):
https://www.printerlogic.com/blog/how-to-migrate-printers-from-server-20032008-to-server-2012/

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Andy
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Yes check that. Thanks for that.

Let me do it next weekend. will update here after that .
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OK, good luck, I'm sure you'll be fine if you follow the documented MS procedures. However, make sure you have a remediation plan in place in case of issues, always plan for failure so you know exactly what to do if all goes wrong.
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All information required by the OP was offered, OP ended with:
Let me do it next weekend. will update here after that .
Obviously went well ;-)
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