Migrating Printers 2008 R2
Migrating printers is straight forward with a few gotcha yas to watch out for. When migrating between servers which when we think about it would be a huge task but Microsoft has a built in feature to assist with this called print manager in roles area of Windows server 2008 r2.
Migrating Printers 2008 R2
When running this we caught error do to disk space and ultimately had to clear space by getting rid of old logs and old terminal server user profiles. The tool still would not run from source to target from the source server. We had to run the tool itself from the target server and point at the source after the space was cleared. This was found to work after much trial and error.
Bottom line seems like the tool need to have plenty of space and of course depending on the number of printers you are migrating. In our case above 1 gb of space needed and we have more them estimating 40 printers.
One thing of note that you before you start this process add a printer and share it and load up some drivers as for some reason the tool works better once this initial printer is in place.
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Good luck and have a great day in tech.
Active Directory Migration
Active Directory Migration from desktop to server.
Step one plan and realize everything involved with the migration process. There is the ADMT tool form Microsoft which will bring users and computers into a new OU or child domain on the receiving domain.
For the end user and pcs I would Highly recommend the ForsenIT tool which will move the user profile and join to new domain and also seek out Exchange and active directory.
This can be scripted from old domain logon with options to change password or give generic password on the receiving domain.
Active Directory Migration is a huge undertaking just know it is possible with the proper planning and up front work.
I highly recommend testing in the Lab as much as possible to emulate your current environment that way you don’t miss anything.
As the actual day for your Active Directory Migration gets closer I suggest you communicate 7 days out and try and plan possibley over a holiday weekend where you may have your user base trickle back in and your IT department can handle the desktops visits in a more seamless way.
Good luck and remember to test as much as possible, oh by the way we used Hyper V for this and it was a great way to stand up and tear down servers to test your different scenarios. I would recommend haveing in a few test PCs with Windows 7 or whatever your desktop environment is running to make sure you can migrate in a seamless way.
Again good luck and know it is doable with Planning and communication.
Have a great day in IT.