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  • Blog Post: Printing and Active Directory

    Good Morning AskPerf.  My name is Philip Demaree and I am an Escalation Engineer based in Washington.  Today we’re going to take a look at some Printing and Active Directory concepts and troubleshooting.  To start with, what we’re going to do is look at the output from LDIFDE for one of...
  • Blog Post: WS2008: Understanding XML Paper Specification (XPS)

    It's Day Nine of our Windows Server 2008 series.  We're one-third of the way through our series.  Today we will continue on with our look at printing in Windows Server 2008.  Our topic today - XML Paper Specification (XPS) Support. The XML Paper Specification (XPS) defines an open document...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Print Notifications in Windows Vista

    Hello AskPerf Readers. My name is Mick Bailey, and I am a Support Escalation Engineer on the Performance team in Texas. Recently I was working with a customer on an issue concerning print notifications for Windows Vista, and I thought that the information might be useful to some other folks out there...
  • Blog Post: Disabling Unnecessary Services? A Word to the Wise

    Back when I was a Systems Administrator, one of my roles was to review the system configuration for a server prior to its implementation in the production environment.  We had a fairly streamlined process for server deployment – including scripts to verify the security hardening, installed software...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 - Printer Roaming

    Hello again AskPerf! Today I’m going to introduce a new Windows 8.1 feature called Printer Roaming. Windows 8 provided the ability for users to roam a number of settings with their Microsoft account, such as the desktop background and web history. Windows 8.1 extends this functionality to...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7: No More NET PRINT

    Happy Friday AskPerf!  No, that’s not a typo in the title, the NET PRINT functionality no longer exists in Windows 7.  The decision to deprecate the functionality was based on usage data and the fact that there were multiple ways to perform the same tasks.  Before we go over new ways to...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2003 Print Clusters - Part One

    Today we're going to start looking at Clustered Print Servers. Clustering itself tends to intimidate many administrators, especially newer administrators. Much of the fear factor usually stems from being unfamiliar with how clustering works, and the fact that you are dealing with shared storage. Throw...
  • Blog Post: How to increase the number of Printers listed in Add Printer Wizard

    Good morning AskPerf!  Akash Nema here from the Performance team.  Today we are going to chat about how to tweak the printer list presented when using the Add Printer Wizard in Windows 7. We frequently see situations with Domain joined users on Windows Vista and higher that try to connect to...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2003 Print Clusters - Part Three: Troubleshooting Missing Print Queues

    Many a times after a failover occurs on a clustered print server, a chill runs down the IT Administrator's spine when he notices that there are print queues missing. Today we will discuss a few basic things to check. Before doing ANYTHING however, get a backup of the print servers using the Print Migrator...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Fixit for Printing

    Good morning AskPerf world! Jeff Hagler from the Performance team here to chat about printing. How many of you have ever dealt with an issue where you just knew that something was wrong with your print spooler but could not quite put a finger on it? Maybe print jobs were slow, certain users could print...
  • Blog Post: Two Minute Drill: Change Print Monitors/Processors via PowerShell

    Hello folks, Pankaj here to show you an interesting way to change the Print Monitors and Processors registry keys with a single PowerShell command. This command can be a timesaver if you have hundreds of 3rd party Print Processors and Monitors on your Print Server (s). *NOTE* these commands only work...
  • Blog Post: PRN: Printer Migration / Backup / Recovery

    PRINTER MIGRATION / BACKUP / RECOVERY Description: Most Administrators are familiar with the Printer Migration tool (PRINTMIG.EXE). This tool has been retired and is no longer supported by Microsoft. The Printer Migration Wizard (PRINTBRMUI.EXE) and the PRINTBRM.EXE command-line tool were introduced...
  • Blog Post: Kernel-Mode Print Drivers: Gone the Way of the Dinosaur

    If you have been around since the days of Windows NT, then you are probably all too familiar with Kernel-mode Print Drivers and the devastating effect that problems with those drivers can have on system stability. In the majority of environments, these kernel-mode drivers have been supplanted by user...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: What’s New in Printing and Printing Performance Enhancements

    Welcome back to our Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 Launch Series.  Day Six and we’re going strong.  Today we’re going to switch our focus today from the Core OS to Printing, beginning with a brief overview of What’s New in Printing and some Printing Performance Enhancements.  We’ll be...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: Print Driver Isolation

    Welcome back folks! It’s Day Eight. We’re just over one-third of the way through our series and there are only two more weeks until launch day! Raise your hand if you’ve ever had to deal with a Print Spooler crash. Keep your hand up if the problem was caused by a faulty driver. Keep...
  • Blog Post: PRN: LPD / LPR Printing

    LPD / LPR PRINTING Description: An LPR utility lets an application on one computer print to a spooler on a remote computer. The receiving component is called a line printer daemon (LPD). Both utilities are included in Print Services for UNIX. For the vast majority of network-connected print devices...
  • Blog Post: Installing cross-architectural print drivers from the server locally

    Hello Everyone. This is Digvijay once again with a new blog post about my favorite component – Printing. Since the release of Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2 there have been several times where we get calls from the customers saying that they have built a new 64-bit 2008 or a 2008 R2 print...
  • Blog Post: Cross-Architecture print server migrations: Speeding up the migration process

    Hello everyone, it’s been a long time! Today we’ll discuss about cross-architecture print server migrations. With the current and future line of windows servers moving exclusively to x64 architecture, cross-architecture print server migrations is inevitable. Migrating print servers within...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 client machines show printers offline on Windows Server 2008 R2

    Hello AskPerf! I’m Craig Marcho, a Senior Support Escalation Engineer in the Microsoft Platforms Core Team. There has been an increase in cases lately with Windows 7 Clients and Windows Server 2008 R2 Print Servers where Clients will show print queues as being offline, while at the same time, other Clients...
  • Blog Post: Internet Printing – How Windows decides if http or RPC is used for a Print Connection to an IPP Server

    We often get asked from time to time how to force printers that a user has installed on their workstation using the IPP website to use RPC in lieu of the Internet printing protocol. There is a document available on TechNet that explains how to accomplish this: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library...
  • Blog Post: Migrating Print Queues quickly using PRINTBRM, configuration files, and the Generic/Text Only Driver

    Good morning AskPerf! Digvijay here to chat about print server migration. All server admins have probably had an opportunity to migrate print servers. This process can be fast and easy when migrating between the same versions of operating systems; and can be done with a bit of effort moving between Operating...
  • Blog Post: Print update rollup available for Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2

    A new printing hotfix rollup was released that updates the core print spooler components localspl.dll, splwow64.exe, spoolsv.exe, win32spl.dll, and Winprint.dll.  This rollup is designed to reduce known issues such as printing performance, print spooler crashes, connectivity to print queues, and...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: PMC Enhancements

    Welcome to Day 7 of our Launch Series for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  We’re continuing on with our coverage of Printing and Document services – today’s topic is the Print Management Console (PMC) and the enhancements in the new operating system(s).  This isn’t an especially long...
  • Blog Post: The Case of the Unsigned Printer Drivers and .NET 3.5 Service Pack 1

    Hello AskPerf – my name is Craig Marcho, and I am a Support Engineer on the Performance team in Texas. Have you recently updated to .Net Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1? Are you now seeing prompts when trying to install inbox printer drivers warning that the printers have not passed Windows Logo testing...
  • Blog Post: Default Print Device Selection Behavior in Windows

    Good Morning AskPerf Readers! Our theme today is printing, specifically Default Printer selection behavior. We regularly get asked the question on what causes the default printer to change on a Windows host. Understanding the reasons why this change occurs can alleviate a lot of the frustration end users...