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Adding Printer to Print server 2012 R2, before printer is setup (given IP address)

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Hello Experts, I need to create print queues for a 2 new printers that we are receiving. The issue is, an application owner would like the printers to be added to the print server as soon as possible, or atleast their print queues. i know the names and the IPs the printers will be given. My question is, can I add these printers to my print server with the IP addresses i will give to them before i actually connect these printers to the network?, when we physically configure the printers and connect them to our network, will the print server automatically link/ connect to them? Please assist, and thanks in advance.
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Edward PamiasTeam Lead RRS Desk
Top Expert 2016

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It wont recognize the printer type when you set it up before connecting them but they will work once connected as long as you install the correct driver and setup the correct IP on the print queue and on the printer.
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Hello guys, thank you for your help. The printers arrived early so i was able to give them IPs and then add them to the print server. but a new problem i am facing is that these printers show up as offline for some reason, on the print server, as well as the clients. but you can print from them. when a user prints, they get a pop up saying it is offline, and then they receive the pop up saying the page has been printed, and it does get printed. why is it showing offline? these are xerox 7970 printers. Please assist. Thank you.
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