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Summary of Printer Connectivity Technical Overview

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 with SP1

Use Standard TCP/IP Printer Ports and connect using Windows 2000 or later clients by using RPC instead of TCP/IP. (Named Pipes implementation)

Using the portconv.vbs script or Print Migrator 3.0 or later lets you easily convert existing LPR ports to standard TCP/IP ports.

Microsoft is evaluating the standard TCP/IP port support for SNMP through the standard printer MIB (management information base). In future releases, it might be possible to extend the implementation to include even more status and error reporting. Other new technologies such as Universal Plug & Play (UPnP) along with printer driver enhancements will enable a new era of device installation and management for future enterprise printing environments.

Related Links

See the following resources for further information:

  • For more information about deployment and management of Windows print servers, see Windows Server 2003 Deployment Resource Kit (not yet released when this paper was published).

  • For more information about the Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 architecture, see the “Display and Print Devices” sections in the Windows Driver Development Kit at

  • For more information about Windows Print Servers in general, visit the Print Server Web site at

  • For the latest information about Windows Server 2003, see the Windows Server 2003 Web site at

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