Consolidating Print Servers

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 17 May 2005 / Last Updated on 17 May 2005]

Save money by consolidating your print servers.

Print Migrator is a free tool from Microsoft that can be used to migrate print servers running Windows NT 4.0 Server to Windows 2000 Server or Windows Server 2003. Print Migrator has another use however, namely print server consolidation. Using Print Migrator you can migrate the configurations of multiple print servers to a single machine. Consolidation is a big thing in enterprises these days, and it's a good way of saving money because you'll need fewer machines. To consolidate print servers using Print Migrator, back up the configuration of each print server and then restore each configuration one at a time to the same target machine. Each new configuration migrated will merge (not overwrite) existing ones, and you should end up with a functioning, single print server.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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