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Automatically advertising print queues in Actve Directory

Check out this great tool for migrating printers from Windows NT 4.0 to Windows 2000.

We have Win2k print servers that are currently in a NT domain. We are in the process of migrating them to our Win2k (Active Directory) domain. With that, we obviously want the benefits of advertising our printers in AD. Though after the migration, any new printer created will automatically be shared and listed in the AD (provided the policies are set for this), any existent print queues do not get automatically advertised, though they are shared. Right now, the fix is to open each printer queue manually and check the box "list in the directory". Is there any way (or any tool) to automate this either during or post migration of the print server, so that each print queue does not have to be touched manually?
There is a tool that came with the Windows 2000 Resource kit (Supplement 1 I believe). The tool will migrate printers from Windows NT 4.0 to Windows 2000. I found an updated tool on the Microsoft web site that will work for Windows 2000 and Windows 2003: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9b9f2925-cbc9-44da-b2c9-ffdbc46b0b17&DisplayLang=en
This was first published in June 2004

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