Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Implement Windows 7 print driver in Windows Server 2003 print server

In my production environment, some workstations are installed 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 7 professional, but the file and print server is still using Windows Server 2003 32 bit standard. I have to install the printer driver and add additional print queue in the server for both Windows 7 32 bit and 64 workstations.

  • Printer drivers for Windows 7
  • 1 Windows 7 workstation which is joined domain

Assuming I have to add network printer.

1. At Windows 7 workstation, log in as Domain Administrator.
2. Click "Start", enter "mmc".
3. On the menu, click "File > Add/Remove Snap-in".
4. Select "Print Management", click "Add".

Figure 1: Configure print management

5. Under "Add servers", type the name or IP which is the print server.
6. Click "Add to List".
7. Click "Finish".
8. Click "OK".

Figure 2: The firewall setting of Print Management

9. Click "Yes".
10. Expand "Print Management > Print Servers > <IP or Server name> > Printers".
11. Right-click "Printers", select "Add Printer".
12. Select "Add a TCP/IP or Web Services Printers by IP address or hostname", click "Next".
13. At "Printer Address" screen, type the IP address of the printer.
14. Un-check "Auto detect the printer driver for user".

Figure 3: IP address of the printer

15. Click "Next" twice.
16. At "Printer Driver" screen, select "Install a new driver".
17. Click "Next".
18. Provide the printer driver of Windows 7 32 bit , click "Next".

Figure 4: Printer Name and Sharing Settings

19. You can change the "Printer Name" and "Share Name", click "Next" twice.
20. Click "Finish".
21. At left pane, right-click "Drivers", select "Add Drivers".
22. At welcome screen, click "Next".
23. Un-check "x86", check "x64".

Figure 5: x64 printer driver option

24. Click "Next".
25. Click "Have Disk" to provide the x64 driver of the above printer.
26. Click "Next".
27. Click "Finish".

As a result the Windows 7 printer driver was installed in the Windows Server 2003 print server.

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