Sorry for the long drought between blog posts. Things have been busy with teaching day and night classes! (Sorry Chris!)

Looking to move to a new windows server 2008 print server? Not wanting to go through the hassle of migrating the logical printers and settings? Dan from today’s Windows 7 deployment class brought up a wicked tool us administrators can use for print server migrations.

the following is taken from our friends at TechNet Migrate Print Servers

Tools for print server migration

The tool you use to migrate print servers is determined by:

  • The source operating system you want to migrate from.
  • The destination operating system you want to migrate to.
  • Whether the migration involves 64-bit operating systems and drivers.
Migrating to computers running Windows Server 2003

If you are migrating from Windows NT Server 4 or Windows 2000 Server to Windows Server 2003, you must use Print Migrator 3.1. Print Migrator 3.1 will not work with Windows Vista or later operating systems. It is unable to work with system drivers. To migrate between x64 Windows Server 2003 systems, use the Print Migration Wizard.


Print Migrator 3.1 is no longer supported by Microsoft. The Printer Migration Wizard and the Printbrm.exe command-line tool were introduced in Windows 7 to replace it. For more information about this decision, see the blog Ask the Performance Team (

Migrating to computers running Windows Server 2008 R2

Use the Printer Migration Wizard or the Printbrm.exe command-line tool to migrate to a computer running Windows Server 2008 R2. Use the Printbrm.exe command-line tool on computers running Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008. On Windows Server 2003, you can only use it to remotely manage print servers.


Now the new tool can be used either from the new printer management console or from the command line!

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