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Unable to move Print Spooler Folder, Server 2008R2 Standard

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  • I am trying to move the print spooler folder to the E:\ drive. But it gives an error, can't save server settings, access denied. I am accessing the server properties using the print management console. Actually that was the only way I could access them. How do I move the folder?
    Tuesday, March 01, 2011 12:04 AM

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  • You can only add a directory location.  Create e:\spool, then set the path.  It's not worth tracking down the NT4 KB article on this.
    Alan Morris Windows Printing Team
    Tuesday, March 01, 2011 12:44 AM
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  • You can only add a directory location.  Create e:\spool, then set the path.  It's not worth tracking down the NT4 KB article on this.
    Alan Morris Windows Printing Team
    Tuesday, March 01, 2011 12:44 AM
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  • Sorry, this does not work for me. I have Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition and try to move the spool directory in the Printer Server properties. I typed E:\spool but I get the same error as bateslabel in his post "Cant save server settings, access denied".

    Logged on as Administrator, created the directory E:\Spool etc, - But no way to get this simple thing done!

    Need urgent help.

     

    Thank you

    Edith

    • Proposed as answer by EH1000 Sunday, November 27, 2011 3:14 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by EH1000 Sunday, November 27, 2011 3:14 PM
    Sunday, November 27, 2011 3:14 PM
  • After HOURS of trying, I found a solution -  IS THIS A BUG or BY DESIGN????:

    In the Print server properties - Advanced  - type: <DriveLetter>:\\<New Print spooler location>

    Example:

    To move the spooler from C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS to D:\PRINTspooler type the following:

    D:\\PRINTspooler

    the 2 backslashes after the drive letter make all the difference?!?!

    Edith

     

    • Proposed as answer by donniemit Wednesday, March 07, 2012 8:57 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by donniemit Wednesday, March 07, 2012 8:57 PM
    Sunday, November 27, 2011 9:08 PM
  • I had the same problem, but I created the folders and I was able to change the location normally without the \\.
    Wednesday, March 07, 2012 8:58 PM
  • Ok, so is this print queue location can be changed from the Print Management console ?

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    Thursday, January 14, 2016 1:02 AM
  • Here's the instructions for changing the spool file directory. This does not change any print queue information.

    Instructions for older operating systems below.  From Print Management, Right click the server name and select Properties

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc736979(v=ws.10).aspx


    Alan Morris formerly with Windows Printing Team

    Friday, January 15, 2016 6:44 AM
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