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Print Services Migration: Appendix B - Additional Destination Server Scenarios

Updated: April 28, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

Appendix B: Additional destination server scenarios

In some instances, your destination server may require additional preparation before you migrate to it.

If your server hosts Line Printer Remote (LPR) printers

To enable the hosting of LPR printers, install the LPR Port Monitor feature on the server:

  1. Open Server Manager.

  2. In the Server Manager tree, click Features.

  3. In the Features Summary pane, click Add Features. The Add Features Wizard opens.

  4. From the Server Feature menu, select LPR Port Monitor, and then follow the instructions to complete the installation.

If your server offers Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) printer connections

To enable the Internet Printing Protocol (IPP):

  • When installing the Print and Document Services role, select Internet Printing.

This automatically configures IIS and any other necessary components to support IPP printer hosting.

If your server hosts Web Services on Devices (WSD) printers

To enable WSD printing support:

  1. Start the Network and Sharing Center and enable Network Discovery.

  2. Start the Function Discovery Provider Host service.

  3. Start the PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator service.

The server will be then able to identify and communicate with WSD-enabled printers.

If your print server is in a server cluster

To enable failover clustering, enable the Failover Clustering feature:

  1. Open Server Manager.

  2. In the Server Manager tree, click Features.

  3. In the Features Summary pane, click Add Features. The Add Features Wizard opens.

  4. From the Server Feature menu, select Failover Clustering, and then follow the instructions to complete the installation.

  5. Continue with the restoration process on the primary node.

Once the server in the cluster is running with the complete print infrastructure in place, we strongly recommend that you force a failover to each node in the cluster. This ensures that print queues and driver states are available on each node in the event of an actual failover, and significantly reduces the downtime of the print server in a failover state.

If your server hosts local bus printers (LPT and USB)

The migration of local bus printers (LPT and USB) is not supported, although these printers are shown during backup. After the migration is complete:

  1. Share the local bus printers again on the destination server.

  2. Verify that each printer’s name has not changed.

  3. Test the printers to ensure that the shared connections still work.

If your server hosts plug and play printers

The migration of plug-and-play printers is not supported. To migrate plug and play printers:

  1. Plug the printer into the destination server. The plug-and-play printer drivers will be installed automatically.

  2. Enable printer sharing for the print queues.

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