Small Business Susan

New ways

New ways of doing the same old things is sometimes hard to get a handle on.  Sharing out printers in the 2k8 era is like that.  Since the server is 64bit, when you attach a 32 bit workstation, the native driver isn’t 32bit but 64 bit. 


One of the ways you can deploy printers is a utility called pushprinters.exe.  But there’s a problem where the 32bit version isn’t on the box.  You can either build the 32bit version of Pushprinters.exe or grab it from the link talked about here http://www.activedir.org/ListArchives/tabid/55/forumid/1/postid/32125/view/topic/Default.aspx


Like Philip said put it on a usb flash drive — http://blog.mpecsinc.ca/2008/11/x86-pushprinterconnectionsexe-must-for.html


Chad has some posts about things that are different as well… http://msmvps.com/blogs/cgross/archive/2008/12/16/the-death-of-ifmember.aspx and http://msmvps.com/blogs/cgross/archive/2008/12/16/installing-group-policy-preferences-client-side-extensions.aspx


 



3 comments ↓

  • #   Indy on 12.31.08 at 3:13 pm     

    This breaks all sorts of EULA’s.


  • #   Cliff Galiher on 01.01.09 at 12:49 pm     

    I’ve personally been recommending the use of group policy preferences for centrally managing printers since shortly after the release of win2k8 last spring. I think you’ll find it more reliable and less error prone than the printer management console method. The only drawback I can find so far is that you can’t use it with win2k workstations.


  • #   Chris Knight on 01.04.09 at 6:51 am     

    You would have thought there would have been a wizard for installing printer drivers on SBS 2008, given the 32/64-bit issue.