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This step-by-step article describes how to migrate a printer server configuration between Windows NT 4.0-based or Windows 2000-based computers by using the Microsoft Printer Migrator 2000 tool (Printmig.exe version 2.0).
Printer Migrator 2000Printer Migrator 2000 is included with Microsoft Windows 2000 Resource Kit Supplement 1. This tool performs a complete backup of a Windows NT 4.0-based or Windows 2000-based printer server, including the registry entries and printer drivers, and stores the data in a cabinet (.cab) file. If you want to migrate a printer server configuration between Windows NT 4.0-based or Windows 2000-based printer servers, use this tool to back up the configuration on the current printer server, and then restore the configuration on the destination Windows NT 4.0-based or Windows 2000-based printer server.
Printer Migrator 2000 backs up the following configuration data:
Printer Migrator 2000 does not back up the actual monitor; it backs up only the defined ports. Before you restore the configuration on the destination computer, you must install the original set of port monitors to ensure complete functionality. Printer Migrator 2000 displays a warning message for each monitor that is not present after the restoration process.
Hewlett-Packard network port
LexMark MarkVision port monitor (IP/DLC)
Digital Network Port
Apple Talk port monitor
Standard port monitor
When you perform a backup, Printer Migrator 2000 writes all the configuration data to the Pm.cab file by default. If the option to log to a text file is enabled (this option is enabled by default), Printer Migrator 2000 records server status information in the Pm.log file. Both files are located in the following default folder:
%SystemRoot%\System32\Spool\PmPrinter Migrator 2000 is designed to create or move individual Windows 2000-based or Windows NT 4.0-based printer servers. Both the source and destination computers must be running the same operating system. Do not use this tool to upgrade a Windows NT 4.0-based printer server to a Windows 2000-based printer server.
How to Back Up the Print ServerTo back up a Windows NT 4.0-based or Windows 2000-based printer server, follow these steps:
How to Restore the ConfigurationBefore you restore a printer configuration to the destination printer server, the following conditions must exist:
You can also run Printer Migrator 2000 from the command prompt. For additional information about how to use Printmig.exe, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
275529For more information about the Windows 2000 Resource Kit, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/275529/EN-US/ )Help Information for Printmig.exe Version 2.0
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/reskit/default.mspx?mfr=trueFor more information about Windows Print Migrator 3.1, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Article ID: 315983 - Last Review: October 31, 2006 - Revision: 5.1
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