[Samba] Replacing a Samba+CUPS Print Server

Collins, Kevin kCollins at nesbittengineering.com
Fri Dec 23 14:06:02 GMT 2005

I've had a Samba print server in my network for nearly 4 years now.  The time has come for me to replace it with a more powerful machine.  I have nearly 50 client machines (Windows 2000 and XP) attached to the printers that the existing server has and I don't want to have to touch them during this upgrade.

I already have the new server built.  Samba and CUPS are both ready for the cut-over, but I'm concerned about the clients loosing connection to the printers once the new server comes online.

I have made sure to duplicate the printer's names exactly.  I have made sure that the new server has the exact netbios name of the old server.  I'm just about ready to take the old server out of the domain and shut Samba off, add the new server to the domain and start Samba up on the new server.  But I'm now wonering if there is something else that I need to do before I actually do the cut-over to prevent the clients from loosing printing ability (without my intervention at every machine that is).

So, can anyone give me advise, calming words or directions on how to best proceed?

Kevin L. Collins, MCSE
Systems Manager
Nesbitt Engineering, Inc. 

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