Good Morning AskPerf! My name is John Dickson, and I am a Support Escalation Engineer on the Performance team in Texas. Today we are going to discuss a scenario that is a common one as companies continue to deploy Windows Vista in their environment. How do I deploy print drivers for Windows Vista onto a Windows Server 2003 print server? We’re going to walk through the installation of the print drivers today. Let’s dive right in, shall we?
There are two ways to install drivers, through the Vista Print Management Console or by opening a path to the Print Server Properties (\\Servername\Printers). In either instance, File and Printer Sharing must be enabled and the appropriate ports have to be opened on the Vista Firewall . Let’s start out by adding Vista drivers via the Print Management Console.
To load Vista x86 drivers on a Windows Server 2003 x86 print server, the steps must be performed from the Windows Vista machine by connecting to the Windows Server 2003 print server.
As you can see, the procedure is not as daunting as you first might have thought! It is actually fairly straightforward. You can also add the drivers to the Print Server by opening a path to the Windows Server 2003 Server Printers share via \\Servername\Printers from the Windows Vista machine.
And that’s it! Two fairly simple methods to deploy Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 drivers to a Windows Server 2003 print server. Hopefully this helps you out as you continue to deploy Windows Vista in your environment,
- John Dickson
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