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Windows Server 2008 R2 Thread, Backup Print Server in Technical; Hi, Does anyone have any scripts or anything to backup a Print Server running 2008 R2 Please? Thanks...
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    Backup Print Server

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    Does anyone have any scripts or anything to backup a Print Server running 2008 R2 Please?

    Thanks

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    Can you not just say take a copy using windows server backup and schedule once a month/every couple of months? unless you use any print management not a lot will change.

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    you can export printer Q's and settings using printbrm tool and then the same tool to import to another location.
    not tried it via a script/automated it

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    The Microsoft printer migration tool should do this.

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    +1 for printmig

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    Printmig should do this

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    printbrm.exe would be the official line from microsoft, you need to install the print server role

    and its found under c:\windows\system32\spool\tools (I think from memory)

    print migrator tool 3.1 isn't developed any more and does have some limitations due to changes to the way printer drivers work since it was released. vaguely remember one being it doesn't handle drivers with cab files...

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    personally though if it is to restore in the case of disaster recovery then use windows backup and make a system state/bare metal backup, and schedule it with wbadmin or powershell. just be aware of the restrictions or schedulded / remotely initiated backups (i can't remember of the top of my head) but network drives, local disks, etc spring to mind.

    either that or just use dpm and let it worry about.

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    I have DPM so i could use system state on that? The other suggestions people made, can they be done in the command line?

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    what are you trying to achieve backup for disaster recovery/ backup to restore individual print queues? or migrate them to another server? or is there more on the server you need to backup?

    because even if you want individual print queues, then just do a bare metal backup and restore the whole machine (assuming VM's here) and extract the queue you want using printbrm, if and when it happens?

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    I just want to backup all the config incase the server dies. I dont want to take a whole image of the server really, it will take allot of space. I am just after something that will grab all the print drivers and all the settings for the printers so i can restore them on a new server if need be.

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    printbrm -B -S NAMEOFSERVER -F c:\mybackupfile

    Access the Backup Recovery Migration tool through a command line interface.

    PrintBrm -B|R|Q [-S <server>] -F <file> [-D <directory>] [-O FORCE] [-P ALL|ORIG
    ] [-NOBIN] [-LPR2TCP] [-C <config file>] [-NOACL] [-?]
    -B Backup the server to the specified file
    -R Restore the configuration in the file to the server
    -Q Query the server or the backup file
    -S <server name> Target server
    -F <file name> Target backup File
    -D <directory> Unpack the backup file to (with -R) or repack a backup file fro
    m (with -B) the given directory
    -O FORCE Force overwriting of existing objects
    -P ALL|ORIG Publish all printers in directory, or publish printers that wer
    e published originally
    -NOBIN Omit the binaries from the backup
    -LPR2TCP Convert LPR ports to Standard TCP/IP ports on restore
    -C <file name> Use the specified configuration file for BRM
    -NOACL Remove ACLs from print queues on restore
    -? Display this help

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    Hello FN-GM,
    Look at a Printer Management Tool, a good one for example is steadyPRINT or the MS Print Migrator. With the first you´ll be able to backup your printserver easily without annoying users.
    link: Microsoft Print Migrator Download - SoftSea or steadyPRINT: steadyPRINT

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