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Upgrades that include a Print Spooler resource

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Upgrades that include a Print Spooler resource

If you want to perform a rolling upgrade of a cluster that has a Print Spooler resource, you must consider two issues.

First, the Print Spooler resource only supports upgrades (including rolling upgrades or any other kind of upgrade) of printers on cluster-supported ports (LPR or Standard Port Monitor ports). For information about what to do if your printer is not supported, see Alternatives to rolling upgrades.

Second, when you operate a mixed-version cluster including a Print Spooler resource, note the following:

  • Do not change printer settings in a mixed-version cluster with a Print Spooler resource.

  • Avoid adding new printers while you are performing a rolling upgrade. If you do add a new printer, when you install the drivers for that printer, be sure to install both the driver for Windows 2000 and the driver for Windows Server 2003 on all nodes.

  • If printing preferences or defaults are important, be sure to check them. Printing preferences in Windows Server 2003 will not necessarily correspond to document defaults for the same printer in Windows 2000. This can be affected by differences in the drivers for the two operating systems.

When the rolling upgrade is complete and both cluster nodes are running the updated operating system, you can make any modifications you choose to your printer configuration.

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