PostScript printer with Windows 2008 server x64 and Vista x32. p&p

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Robin, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. Robin

    Robin Guest

    I try to use a point and print process with a Windows 2008 server x64 to a
    Windows Vista 32. So first I need to install the x64 driver and then install
    the x86 driver. The x64 driver is installed without problem. But when we try
    to install the x86 driver (I try by using different methods, using
    \\PrintServerName\Printers,
    Printer management on server 2008...) At each time, when I try to
    install the PS printer x86 driver an error message saying "Unable to
    install PS3 type 3 User Mode, x86 driver. This opération is not supported"

    The PostScript driver is just an inf file + a PPD file. It seems that the
    driver used is the core x64 driver, and it's impossible to use the 32 bit PS
    core.

    So my question: how to use the PostScript core driver from server 2008 x64
    to perform a point and print process with a Windows Vista X32 ?
    to summarize: the x64 server core Postscript driver contents just the x64
    files nothing for x32....

    Many thanks by advance for your help.
     
    Robin, Sep 30, 2008
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  2. You will need to install the 32bit driver with the exact same name as the 64
    bit driver. I'm assuming this is a Lexmark driver from the PS3 name.

    The inf file has a NEEDS and INCLUDES section of the inf pointing to the
    core ps files. When the client is 64bit, the inf can only find the 64bit
    files and the installation will fail.

    The easiest way to add the 32bit drivers to the 64bit server is to use a
    32bit client to remotely add the driver since a 64 client does not have the
    32bit drivers.

    You can also copy all the required 32 bit files to an installation path and
    install using any client. You will need ntprint.inf, ntprint.cat from 32bit
    as will as the required driver files.

    I use several other methods as well but I do this all the time so I know how
    to work my way through all the file prompts. Read these and understand them
    so you point to the proper files as requested.



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    Alan Morris
    Windows Printing Team
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    Alan Morris [MSFT], Sep 30, 2008
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  3. Robin

    Robin Guest

    Hi Alan,

    Many thanks for your prompt reply.
    Useful information inside the response but I want to use point and print
    process (like drag and drop the share printer). So below cannot be applied:
    "> You can also copy all the required 32 bit files to an installation path
    and
    And:"> The easiest way to add the 32bit drivers to the 64bit server is to
    use a
    Strange isn't it... So if you have another idea... You're welcome.
    Many thanks and best regards.
    Robin
     
    Robin, Oct 1, 2008
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  4. I do this at least once a week, it works.

    The client absolutely will copy the x86 driver files and install them to
    x64.

    Select an inbox x86 Vista SP1 driver and add this to the remote x64 Server
    2008 machine.

    At this point do you receive an error?


    I suspect the inf file is not decorated but Lexmark has been okay following
    this requirement (unless the driver is over two years old).

    An alternative is to add the x86 driver(s) to an x86 Vista SP1 machine that
    does not have a bunch of printers and drivers. Use printbrmui.exe on Vista
    Ultimate or Business to backup the x86 client machine (Server 2008 has the
    print backup tool as well).

    Then restore the x86 backup to the x64 server.
    --
    Alan Morris
    Windows Printing Team
    Search the Microsoft Knowledge Base here:
    http://support.microsoft.com/search/?adv=1

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
     
    Alan Morris [MSFT], Oct 1, 2008
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  5. Robin

    Robin Guest

    Many thanks Alan for your reponse, it works now thanks to you by using the
    tool: printbrmui.Exe.
    Best regards. And again thank you very much !!!!
     
    Robin, Oct 6, 2008
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