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  • We just got a new windows 2008 x64 R2 server, i replaced old WIn 2003 x86 DC. we need to be a print server for all of our XP x32 client computers.  I can not find ANY where on how to get this server to serve out 32 bit drivers for the client computers.  Isn't the purpose of a printer server to serve out drivers for ALL other OS's?  I'm surprised that I can not find ANY information on doing this.

    I've got an HP LaserJet printers and Canon C5186 printer  The x64 driver is installed and prints fine from the server.  But I don't understand how to get the x32 driver associated with it so the rest of the xp clients can connect to the printer.

    Can someone help out with this?  This should be easy shouldn't it?I need solution by monday...please
    Saturday, May 29, 2010 12:40 PM

Answers

  • that's the easiest way to get the 32bit core print driver files.  These files do not exist in flat format on the DVD so you either need to install the 32bit OS or mount the 32bit OS image and copy the contents of the driver directories you need.  If you are not using any print drivers included in 2008 R2 you only need \windows\system32\driversstore\filerepository\ntprint.....

    Use printmanagement.msc and add/target the remote print server.  the main issue you will have is matching the driver names.


    Alan Morris Windows Printing Team; Search the Microsoft Knowledge Base here: http://support.microsoft.com/search/Default.aspx?adv=1
    • Marked as answer by Miles Zhang Tuesday, June 1, 2010 2:05 AM
    Saturday, May 29, 2010 8:33 PM
    Answerer
  • It is all fixed by have win 2008 drivers available

    Thnaks for yours help

    • Marked as answer by Miles Zhang Tuesday, June 1, 2010 2:05 AM
    Monday, May 31, 2010 9:28 PM

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  • The print driver names must match.  PCL6 does NOT equal PCL 6 so watch for extra spaces in the name.   The easiest way to add the 32bit drivers to 64bit print server is remotely using a 32bit Windows 7 machine to push the driver and install them to the remote server.

    this is the info on getting Vista drivers installed on Server 2003 bit it basically is the same process

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/askperf/archive/2008/09/19/installing-windows-vista-print-drivers-on-windows-server-2003.aspx


    Alan Morris Windows Printing Team; Search the Microsoft Knowledge Base here: http://support.microsoft.com/search/Default.aspx?adv=1
    Saturday, May 29, 2010 6:54 PM
    Answerer
  • I do not have Vista PC's on the network, only XP Pro 32bit and Windows 7 Pro X64 Bit..

    I need to plug in Windows 7 Pro X32 bit pc to the network?

     

    Saturday, May 29, 2010 7:43 PM
  • that's the easiest way to get the 32bit core print driver files.  These files do not exist in flat format on the DVD so you either need to install the 32bit OS or mount the 32bit OS image and copy the contents of the driver directories you need.  If you are not using any print drivers included in 2008 R2 you only need \windows\system32\driversstore\filerepository\ntprint.....

    Use printmanagement.msc and add/target the remote print server.  the main issue you will have is matching the driver names.


    Alan Morris Windows Printing Team; Search the Microsoft Knowledge Base here: http://support.microsoft.com/search/Default.aspx?adv=1
    • Marked as answer by Miles Zhang Tuesday, June 1, 2010 2:05 AM
    Saturday, May 29, 2010 8:33 PM
    Answerer
  • OK, i will try and let you know

    Thnaks for replay on the weekend

    Saturday, May 29, 2010 8:43 PM
  • It is all fixed by have win 2008 drivers available

    Thnaks for yours help

    • Marked as answer by Miles Zhang Tuesday, June 1, 2010 2:05 AM
    Monday, May 31, 2010 9:28 PM