February 27 2012

Printer migration with SCCM and USMT 4 hardlinks

I recently had a situation where I needed to migrate network printers during Windows 7 refresh and Windows XP to Windows 7 upgrade scenarios when using USMT 4 hard link, also known as offline mode. According to the Microsoft Technet documentation (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd560792%28WS.10%29.aspx#BKMK_4) by design this is not possible. However I still needed to get it done.  I used a new XML file called Printers.xml (orginally from MyITForum but slightly modified by me – if you are using the link here then rename it to Printers.xml from Printers.xml.txt) and then added this to my task sequence capture and restore user data steps as shown in the screenshot below:

Once the computer is refreshed or upgraded, the network printers are now there! * Note that this will only migrate the printers, not the print drivers so you may see some printers are migrated and others are not… It’s still best to use logon scripts / GPO preferences to map printers in a consistant manner..

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Posted February 27, 2012 by danovich in category "SMS / SCCM


  1. By danovich (Post author) on

    In addition to the above, I ended up adding in the step outlined here (http://blogs.technet.com/b/configurationmgr/archive/2010/02/10/solution-when-using-usmt-4-in-an-sccm-2007-sp2-osd-task-sequence-files-are-captured-successfully-but-not-settings.aspx), where you add the command line step into your task sequence. So far from my testing I have a 100% success rate for migrating from XP to 7.

    xcopy /e .%PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE%DlManifests*.* %windir%system32DlManifests*.* /Y


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