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03-17-2011, 11:57 AM
What, if anything, can you do when 64 bit drivers are not available, your clients don't require them, but the print server does?

As I mentioned in my previous thread we have a new 64 bit Windows Server 2008 R2 machine running as a print server with 32 bit Windows Server 2003 machines as clients. We have a Canon ColorPASS Z40 where there seems to be no 64 bit drivers available. At the moment we don't have clients that need 64 bit drivers but I can't load just the 32 bit on the new 64 bit server. I forces me to first load 64 bit drivers.

Is there anything I can do to get just the 32 bit drivers loaded?

03-17-2011, 01:03 PM
Hi Byrandam,

I don't believe there's a simple way to add/share a printer on a 2008 R2 server without a 64-bit driver. If there are no 64-bit drivers available you would have to use one of a couple workarounds.

1. Add a 64-bit driver on the 2008 R2 Server and share the printer. On the 32-bit clients, add the proper 32-bit driver as a local printer going to the \\2008R2Server\share. (They are still printing through the 2008 R2 server but a driver is not distributed or shared from the server.)

2. Add the proper 32-bit driver on the clients and print directly to the printer. (The 2008 R2 server isn't used at all.)

Best regards,

03-18-2011, 07:50 AM
Thanks again Bruce.

I ended up taking a 3rd option although I'm not proud to admit it. The driver was just a PDD so I edited the INF to use the same file for 64 bit and it installed fine. I have no idea if it would actually work for a 64 bit client but that's a problem for a later day.