Target Audience: Advanced User, IT Manager
Article #: 10421
Copying the printer setup from one Windows server to another Windows server allows you to take a known good configuration and apply it to another system quickly and with a reduced chance of error. This article will guide you through the process of copying printers from a Windows server and applying them to another.
When migrating applications to a different server, it is frequently required to create an exact copy of all the printers which are installed on the current server. Performing this task manually is tedious, time consuming and can lead to inadvertent errors as a critical configuration may not get properly implemented.
- You will need proper permissions to create printers on both servers
- Both servers must be able to communicate with each other
- It is assumed that you are familiar with the Windows Print Management console
The following steps will be performed on the Destination Server.
1. Open the Print Management console.
2. Expand Print Servers.
3. Right-click on Print Servers and select Add/Remove Servers.
4. Enter the name of the Original Server and click Add to List.
5. Click OK.
6. Right-click on the name of the Original Server (which you just added) and select Export Printers to a File…
7. Follow the on-screen instructions to export the printers to a file.
8. Right-click on the Destination Server’s name and select Import Printers from a File…
9. Follow the instructions to import the printers from the file.
10. Check and test all the printers to make sure that they are correctly set up.