Appendix B - Additional Destination Server Scenarios


Applies To: Windows Server 2012

In some instances, your destination server may require additional preparation before you migrate to it.

If your server hosts Line Printer Remote (LPR) printers

To enable the hosting of LPR printers, install the LPR Port Monitor feature on the server:

  1. Open Server Manager.

  2. In the Server Manager dashboard, click Add roles and features. The Add Roles and Features Wizard opens.

  3. Click Next on the Before you begin page.

  4. Ensure Role-based or feature-based installation is select on the Select installation type page, and click Next.

  5. Ensure your destination server is selected on the Select destination server page and click Next.

  6. On the Select server roles page, click Next.

  7. On the Select Features page, click LPR Port Monitor, click Next, and then follow the instructions to complete the installation.


The LPD and LPR Services are deprecated starting with Windows Server 2012. Eventually, they will be completely removed from the product, but they are still available in this release. You should begin planning now to employ alternate methods for any applications, code, or usage that depend on these features. For more information about features or functionalities that have either been removed from the product in the current release or are planned for potential removal in subsequent releases, see Features Removed or Deprecated in Windows Server 2012.

If your server offers Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) printer connections

To enable the Internet Printing Protocol (IPP):

  • When installing the Print and Document Services role, select Internet Printing.

This automatically configures IIS and any other necessary features to support IPP printer hosting.

If your server hosts Web Services on Devices (WSD) printers

To enable WSD printing support:

  1. Start the Network and Sharing Center from Control Panel and, click Change advanced sharing settings and click Turn on network discovery.

  2. In Computer Management, Services, start the Function Discovery Provider Host service.

  3. In Computer Management, Services, ensure the Device Association Service is started.

The server will be then able to identify and communicate with WSD-enabled printers.

If your print server is a highly available virtual machine

If your server hosts local bus printers (LPT and USB)

The migration of local bus printers (LPT and USB) is not supported, although these printers are shown during backup. After the migration is complete:

  1. Share the local bus printers again on the destination server.

  2. Verify that each printer’s name has not changed.

  3. Test the printers to ensure that the shared connections still work.

If your server hosts plug and play printers

The migration of plug-and-play printers is not supported. To migrate plug and play printers:

  1. Plug the printer into the destination server. The plug-and-play printer drivers will be installed automatically.

  2. Enable printer sharing for the print queues.

See Also

Migrate Print and Document Services to Windows Server 2012
Preparing to Migrate
Migrating the Print and Document Services Role
Verifying the Migration
Post-Migration Tasks1
Appendix A - Printbrm.exe Command-Line Tool Details
Appendix C - Printbrm Event IDs