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Summary (Print Server Upgrade, Migration, and Interoperability)

Updated: April 22, 2003

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

As described in the preceding sections, the Windows printing model provides flexibility to support a wide variety of operating system versions, printer driver languages (PostScript and PCL), IHV driver customization, and automatic downloading. In some scenarios, these features conflict with each other leading to interoperability problems. Using a common PostScript driver core on the clients and servers prevents most of these issues. For PCL printers, the solution for interoperability issues can be the use of version 2 drivers, which are supported by Windows 2000 and the Windows Server 2003 family to provide legacy compatibility.

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