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    Question about a print server

    Not an urgent one, but something that just popped up in my head...

    Can i run a server 2008 R2 box as a print server? Main reason for this question is all the clients are 32bit, will i see driver issues? I know i can add multiple drivers to a printer but having not used a 64bit OS as a print server before i guess it's always safer to ask first

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    Yes you can - you need to set a x86 driver for the print server to serve out (Printer properties -> sharing -> additional options or something like that).

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    Cheers, that's what i needed to know

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    Not a problem

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    What I discovered when doing this in December last year with plain Server 2008, is that it is best to get the client drivers from a 32 bit XP client. Basically the steps are this:

    • Install the printer on Server 2008 using the X64 drivers
    • Share the printer out
    • On a domain joined client XP, install the 32 bit printer drivers.
    • Browse the Server 2008 box, go to the Printers share
    • Right click the printer you want and select Properties.
    • Click the Sharing tab, then click Additional Drivers. Click the check box for Windows 2000/XP x86
    • Drivers will copy up to the server


    I did it this way, since doing it on the server wanted to use x86 Vista drivers, which I have no idea if they would work with XP.

    It took me a lot of misery to understand that and getting it working.

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigM View Post
    What I discovered when doing this in December last year with plain Server 2008, is that it is best to get the client drivers from a 32 bit XP client. Basically the steps are this:

    • Install the printer on Server 2008 using the X64 drivers
    • Share the printer out
    • On a domain joined client XP, install the 32 bit printer drivers.
    • Browse the Server 2008 box, go to the Printers share
    • Right click the printer you want and select Properties.
    • Click the Sharing tab, then click Additional Drivers. Click the check box for Windows 2000/XP x86
    • Drivers will copy up to the server


    I did it this way, since doing it on the server wanted to use x86 Vista drivers, which I have no idea if they would work with XP.

    It took me a lot of misery to understand that and getting it working.

    Hope this helps.
    never seems to work for me

    i usually end up with a hyper v 2003 x86 print server

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    I run all printers from my 64-bit server, 32-bit drivers work fine

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