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SOLVED: How to Migrate Printers Into Server 2012

Jun 2013 Posted by in Windows Server | 13 comments

Migrating printers between servers used to be accomplished using a free add-on tool from Microsoft called PRINTMIG.EXE but as of Server 2008, the tool is built in.  These instructions assume you are moving from something older to Server 2012 but roughly the same process was followed when I migrated printers from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008:

  1. Add the PRINT SERVICES rolehow-to-migrate-printers-to-windows-server-2012
    1. Open Server Manger (in Server 2012)
    3. click NEXT throught the first few screens (and yes, it is a ROLE BASED FEATURE)
    5. accept the defaults to the end
    6. in my case a reboot was required
  2. Launch PRINT MANAGEMENT (i.e. on the tiles screen, click PRINT MAN and it will show)
  3. Right click on the PRINT MANAGEMENT section head and select MIGRATE PRINTERS
  4. Select EXPORT
  5. Select A PRINT SERVER ON THE NETWORK, and browse to what will be your old print server
  6. Name the export file (this single file will house ALL the drivers, ports and print queue)
  7. Follow the wizard’s remaining obvious steps
  8. Right click on the PRINT MANAGEMENT section head and select MIGRATE PRINTERS
  9. Select IMPORT
  10. Browse to the file you just created
  11. Follow the wizard’s remaining obvious steps

This process will take a few minutes so don’t panic and take note that some errors are to be expected.  For instance if you have TYPE 2 drivers, they will not be imported because Server 2012 ONLY supports Mode 3 and Mode 4 drivers.

Note that this tool works just fine (and is supported) between 32bit and 64bit servers.

See for more details

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  1. Bob02-01-17

    Does this create the corresponding TCP/IP ports on the destination server, or do they need to be created individually first?

  2. Moses09-16-15

    please share the script so i can add it to the group policy to point to the new printers.
    my email add is

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews09-25-15

      Is this what you are looking for:
      @Title = Correct Printer Share Names

      @rem delete all printers with ports named IP_ – i.e. all network printers
      rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /dn /n “\\XXXX-fs1\Sams3380-BW-Act”

      @rem install new printers
      rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /in /n “\\XXXXX-fs2\Sams3820-BW-Act” /q
      rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /y /n “\\XXXX-fs2\Sams3820-BW-Act” /q

      msg %username% Your printer name has been corrected.

  3. Carlos08-13-15

    following the wizar you get all the printers in the new server, but what happens with the workstations? do I need to go one by one migrating the end user to point to the same printer in the new server?

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews08-18-15

      Yes, that is correct. I have a script I use to delete all of the old printers and install new ones. A link to the script can be emailed to staff so they can run it at will OR you could just add it to their login script. If you are interested, I will dig the script out an post it for you.

  4. Evgeni07-23-15

    i need to configure a new printers location on each station?

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews07-28-15

      I am sorry but I do not understand what you are asking. If you can rephrase it, I will take a crack at answering it.

  5. AuRuM07-01-15

    Hey IAN,

    You Rocks Man….

    Your steps did it great…
    and My New Print Server is Working Flawlessly now…

    Thanks Alot For Your Support,
    Keep It Up

  6. Eric T09-30-14

    Will users still be able to connect to printers from the old server once the migration is complete

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews10-06-14

      Yes they will… until you shut down the old server.

      • Eric T11-12-14

        Ian thanks for the response. The tool worked except, I cant all the printers to migrate to the new server. All of the drivers are there but the printers on an old 2003 print server are still being stubborn. Any advice?

  7. tanveer02-11-14


    thanks for article ..

    it worked

    now how to migrate users to point to new serevr !!!


  8. Stephen W12-13-13

    Nice guide for migrating print server into Windows 2012.

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