Windows Server 2008 R2 Thread, Question about a print server in Technical; Not an urgent one, but something that just popped up in my head...
Can i run a server 2008 R2 ...
4th February 2010, 09:58 AM #1
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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4th February 2010, 10:02 AM #2
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).
Thanks to rh91uk from:
mrbios (4th February 2010)
4th February 2010, 10:04 AM #3
Cheers, that's what i needed to know
4th February 2010, 10:06 AM #4
Not a problem
4th February 2010, 10:16 AM #5
- Rep Power
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.
4th February 2010, 10:19 AM #6
never seems to work for me
Originally Posted by CraigM
i usually end up with a hyper v 2003 x86 print server
4th February 2010, 11:09 PM #7
I run all printers from my 64-bit server, 32-bit drivers work fine
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