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Windows 2003 Print Server Migration

Suraj posts easy steps for a Windows 2003 printer, spooler, and driver migration.  Currently untested on Windows 2008.

Steps to perform on Old/Current Server

Ø Create a Backup folder to some location which can be accessed from new print server.

Ø Backup ‘Drivers’ and ‘Prtprocs’ folder from spool folder to Backup Folder. //This will backup all Print drivers and Print Processors

Ø Export HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlPrint to Backup folder. //This will backup complete print configuration registry

Steps to perform on a New Print Server

Ø Copy ‘Drivers’ and ‘Prtprocs’ from backup folder to Spool folder on a new Print Server.

Ø Take backup and delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlPrint on a new Print Server. Restart Print spooler. This will remove all existing print drivers, printers, print monitors, ports and print processor from new print server.


Run Cleanspl utility to clear spooler //download fromhttp://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9D467A69-57FF-4AE7-96EE-B18C4790CFFD&displaylang=en

Ø Double click on the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlPrint exported from old server to import on the new server.

Ø Restart Spooler service and you will be able to see all print queues on a new server.

Batch to change OBJECTGUID to NULL (save below query to a text file as *.bat) //so that there is no reference to Old server

reg query HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlPrintPrinters /v ObjectGUID /s | findstr “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” > OG.TXT

for /F “delims=” %%a IN (OG.TXT) do reg add “%%a” /v objectGUID /t REG_SZ /d “” /f

Restart spooler.

Read the compelte article@> PERFGURU : Manual Print Server Migration

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