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    Printer drivers for Windows Server 2008 R2

    I'm having trouble installing a printer driver for an HP Officejet Pro 8500 (A910a) on Server 2008 R2 64-bit. The HP software from the disk says it is not a supported operating system, and indeed their web site does not offer drivers for 2008 R2 64-bit. The only option to select from when installing their drivers is to choose 2008 64-bit, but that generates the error.

    Does anyone know any all-in-one printers that DO support Server 2008 R2 64-bit?

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    The search at Dell shows a couple - Dell Search. The Windows server Catalog page shows all printers designed, certified for, or works with server 2008 r2. It would be tedious but you should find some all-in-ones in the list.

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    As you are installing it on the server you only want the drivers, not the HP bloatware. Add a printer manually and use the "Have Disk" option to load the drivers only.

    cheers, Paul

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    Just so we're clear, 2008 R2 is 64 bit. There is no 32 bit version. The easiest way to get the latest set of MS print drivers is to click on the Advanced tab of the printer and select New Driver, you should see an option for Microsoft Update. This does not download Windows patches, but instead downloads the latest set of "native" Windows printer drivers. If the driver you need isn't there, you might need to experiment a bit and try a driver for an older model of the same printer. For some printers, HP is offering a "universal driver", but I'm just going to tell you that it sucks.
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    mbreslin,

    What do you need from the Printer, printing only or all functions?

    Is this a Terminal Server environment?

    If you extract the driver executable provided by HP and use the printer inf from within you will probably succeed in getting printing working from the Win 7 / 2008 64 bit driver set.

    If you are looking to do scanning I would look for a MFC unit that can do this stand alone either via scan to SMB or E-mail.
    Last edited by JDB1984; 2011-04-06 at 07:01.

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    Terminal Server Printer drivers for Windows Server 2008 R2

    Printer drivers for Windows Server 2008 R2 in a Terminal Server environment? Hopefully this is easier then it is/was in Windows 2003 server TS. Managing our remote client's printers thru our 2003 TS server is a time-consuming and too often failing effort. Anyone have good news about 2008 TS handling printers any better?

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    Nope, it's even harder because 2008 R2 only installs 64 bit drivers and you must manually add the 32 bit drivers to cover XP/2000 etc.

    cheers, Paul

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    And what makes it worse is that many of us are still using older printers. Support for legacy printers in Win 7 & 2008 R2, well to put it bluntly, sucks. Short term, since our two primary apps won't run in 2008 R2, our Citrix farm is going to be upgraded to only 2003 R2, and our print server is 2003.
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    Has anyone used Windows 2008 Easy Print functionality?

    The article is old but gives you an idea of its purpose.

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/rds/archive/...nt-part-1.aspx

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