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We've moved printer queues a few times in the past as we've life-cycled print servers. Below are the condensed notes of what we did.
Migrate printer spool queues:
Before beginning any printer export / backup it is important to verify that the printer driver(s) used on both the source and destination match. On the destination server it might be necessary to create a temporary printer object in order to ensure that the printer driver is installed, vs just listed in the available list of print drivers config window.
CD %WINDIR%\System32\Spool\Tools Printbrm -s \\<sourcecomputername> -b -f <filename>.printerExport
Must be ran in Administrative Command Prompt.
The following export & import steps assumes that you will be creating a file that will be manually moved from the source to the destination vs. using the printbrm tool to automatically complete everything in one step. This is useful in cases where network connectivity is not available between the source and destination for whatever reason.
CD %WINDIR%\System32\Spool\Tools Printbrm -b -f <filename>.printerExport
Copy the data from the old server to the new one via method of choice (e.g. file share, USB storage device, etc.)
Printbrm -r -f <filename>.printerExport
For more information about Migrating Print Servers visit the following TechNet articles:
- Migrate Print Servers - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722360.aspx
- Appendix A - Printbrm.exe Command-Line Tool Details - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj134237.aspx
- Migrate Print & Document Services to Windows Server 2012 - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj134150.aspx
Hope this helps,
Thanks for the great info!
One more slight problem...I can't seem to get printbrm to work with Server 2003. I didn't have a Tools folder on my current server and everything I could find online said it's not supported on Server 2003.
I got it, you run the command from the NEW server. Sorry for the airhead moment. :\