Driver Settings Migration With Different Driver Versions Follow

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Last week, I got the task to migrate a print server containing 24 CAB printers.

The old server is Windows 2003 with old CAB drivers version 4.5.4.0.
The new server is Windows 2008R2 with current CAB drivers version 7.2.2.0.

Establishing the new Printers, Ports and Drivers was easy so far - now I got stuck on the driver settings.

When exporting the driver settings on the old server, the resulting files have a .drs extension.
However, the new drivers require either an .sds extension for importing or one of .sfm, .sbf, .spr, .sdm.

What is your recommended procedure to migrate the existing driver settings to the new server?

Is there a tool to convert "old" .drs driver export files to "new" .sds driver import files?

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The old printer drivers you were using were from a different software vendor. Meaning, we didn't make the old drivers so it's not possible to import the settings.

It might be helpful for you to know that installation of the drivers can be scripted into a command line and put into a batch file for mass installation.

DriverWizard Command Line Documentation

Installation
Example Usage

DriverWizard.exe install /name:"Printer Name" /model:"Driver Name" /default /share:"Share Name" /port:"LPT1"
DriverWizard.exe install /autodetect

Command Parameters
Parameter Description
/name The name of the printer. (This is the "friendly" name shown in the Printers Folder.)
/model The name of the driver.
/default This will set the printer as the default printer.
/share This will set the printer as a shared printer with the specified name.
/port The port the printer is connected to.
/autodetect DriverWizard will look for any PnP printers that were recently connected and install the driver.

Removal
Example Usage

DriverWizard.exe remove /printer:"Name of Printer"
DriverWizard.exe remove /driver:"Name of Driver"
DriverWizard.exe remove /all /driver
DriverWizard.exe remove /all /driver:"Name of Printer Manufacturer"
DriverWizard.exe remove /monitor:"Name of Monitor"
DriverWizard.exe remove /file:"Name of File"

Command Parameters
Parameter Description

/printer Remove a printer. This is the "friendly" name displayed in the Printers Folder.
/driver Remove a printer driver. (The driver will only be removed if there are no printers using the driver.)
/monitor Remove a language monitor or port monitor.
/file Remove a file. The full path name must be specified.

The /all option
Only works with /driver.
It will remove all drivers and associated printer and file from the system.

Specifying a Printer Manufacturer will remove all printers and drivers of that manufacturer only.
Batch Commands

Example Usage
DriverWizard.exe @C:\commands.txt
DriverWizard will execute the specified command file. A command file is a text file containing commands defined above.

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