Change Print Server

Posted on January 7, 2009 by Daniel Petri in Administrative Tools and Scripts with 0 Comments


Do you need to change your organizational print server?

You might find the task of updating the clients’ printers’ settings pretty tiring…

This utility will update your clients’ printers to the new print server through a logon script. The utility does not affect local printers, Netware printers and network printers from a different print server than the one specified in execution arguments.

Requirements: Windows NT4/2000/XP/2003

Current version: 1.3

Version 1.3 highlights: Bug fix: Printer connections are deleted when using a case-sensitive command line argument. The bug was fixed.


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You need to extract the tool/script found in the downloaded file by using WinZip or similar.



/localports – Also changes the printers that are installed as local port. This option require administrative privileges, i.e. the user has to be a member of the local administrator/power users group. This switch causes the spooler service to restart.


Detailed Instructions

  1. Install and configure your new print server.

You can use Microsoft Print Migrator for printers and printer driver’s migration from one print server to another. The tool is available for download HERE.

  1. Make sure your new print server is ready:
  • All printers from the old server are installed on it with the exact same names.
  • All printers are shared and have proper security settings.
  1. Test the utility on a single workstation.
  • Copy ChangePrintSRV to a network share. For example:

  • Make sure there are several network printers from your existing print server installed on the computer.
  • Open CMD.EXE
  • Run the command as specified in the Syntax section. For example:

  • Verify that your printers now point to the new print server
  1. Distribute through a logon script.

If the previous test passes successfully, Just add the command specified in ‘Syntax’ section to the end of the login script and wait for users to log on. Delete the line only after you are sure that all users run the logon script.


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