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Migrating to new server - regarding printer drivers

Question asked by George Esler on May 5, 2015
Latest reply on May 5, 2015 by Timothy Grzeczka

In the near future I will be migrating/upgrading our uniprint installation from 8.3 on a 32-bit Server 2003 server to uniprint 9.0 on a 64-bit Server 2012 R2 server.


I've been looking through documentation regarding the actual printers and getting the drivers installed on the new server and the proper order to do everything. So far, the new server is a blank slate with little more than the OS and SQL installed. I am looking for guidance on the printer migration, that is, getting all the necessary queues and drivers set up on the new server.


I was going to do something like this, in this order:

- Install print management role in Windows on new server

- Make note of drivers that we need installed on the new server and manually include them if not already present

- Install Pharos principal services/database on new server

- Manually upgrade and migrate old database to new server per Pharos documentation

- Install remaining Pharos server components on new server

- Open Pharos Administrator, use "Restore Windows object" command for each print device to recreate all the windows print objects

- Finish installing/upgrading/tweaking other components as needed (since I'm mainly looking for guidance on the printers I am just using this one line to lump everything else together)



1. Are there any steps I missed above, or perhaps listed out of order?

2. Is there any particular advantage or disadvantage to the automated print migration tool versus the manual process I outlined above?

3. Does it matter how I install the print server role? I understand Pharos includes something on the installer CD, for this role, is it okay that I installed the role through Windows before installing Pharos?

4. Do I need 32-bit and 64-bit drivers on new server? The way I see it, the clients are not printing directly to the printers, so I shouldn't need to worry about the 32-bit drivers, correct?

5. Are there any other considerations I should take into account?