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Im in the middle of setting up new staff laptops. They are samsungs 200B's. Im trying to install ...
8th September 2011, 10:17 AM #1
Windows 7 64bit and 2003 print server?
Im in the middle of setting up new staff laptops. They are samsungs 200B's. Im trying to install drivers for the printers and i cant get them to install. Is this because its a X64 os or have i not got the right drivers for on the 2003 Server for the computers.
(Or do i need to have a 2008 RC2 print server for it to work right...)
Thanks for the help in advance)
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8th September 2011, 11:05 AM #2
We have a similar problem as we have rolled out Win7 x64 across the site but our print server is 2003 x86.
When we go to add a x64 driver as the primary for a printer, it tells us that the driver isnt supported by the server architecture. We end up having to add an x86 driver as primary and add x64 as additional which means when you make alterations to the default settings on the print server, it isnt copied down to the client as your changing the primary driver settings not the additional so we have ended up having problems.
We've decided just to gradually migrate our printers over to a new 2008 r2 print server...
Someone may tell me i am wrong with the above but it's just what i can gather from my experience.
8th September 2011, 11:06 AM #3
You can add the 64bit drivers to the 2003 server but the drivers need to be the same version as the 32 bit ones so go to the vendor site and download the latest version of drivers for all of your printers in both 32 and 64 bit. Update the 32bit ones and then under the shareing tab of the printer click the additional drivers button then add the 64 bit drivers. Then when you try to add them on a 64 bit client it will grab these drivers and work.
8th September 2011, 12:38 PM #4
The server 2003 is only 32bit and it keeps asking for a the 64bit disk which we dont have... i think it might be time to move to 2008 RC2 soon then...
8th September 2011, 12:49 PM #5
Go into the print manager snapin on a 64 bit client under the MMC application. Connect it to the 2003 server and install the driver from there, it will then grab the required files (which are bundled in the driver by competent printer manufacturers) from the 64bit machine and put them on the server. Make sure you have updated the 32bit ones on the server though as the driver must have the exact same name and version number for both the 32 and 64 bit drivers or it will not work.
I only bold it as I have had to reitterate this point far to many times previously.
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