How to change a printer driver in a windows 2008 R2 cluster.
If you are running a Windows Server 2008 R2 print cluster GET THIS HOTFIX! http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976571
Now that you want to change a printer driver in you current windows 2008 R2 cluster we need to go to the Failover Cluster Manager
Go to the Printer Services & app then choose manage printer
Now that we opened the printer manager we can add the drivers,ports,options.
We can do add the new printer driver or remove a driver.
But the best way is go to your printer and choose properties in the advanced tab check the new driver button.
Pick a new driver or if the driver is already installed in the driver tab you can pick the driver from the pull down list.
Now that We use a new driver we are ready to go but remember in some cases word templates uses printer predefined printer settings or alignment settings that may change if you use a new driver.
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