Stability update for Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Print Clusters

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976571   This update fixes the following issues for print server failover clusters that are running Windows Server 2008 R2. We recommend that you install this update on all the print server failover cluster nodes that are running Windows Server 2008 R2 to make sure that basic functionality and that basic manageability is maintained. Issue…

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Towards an improved Windows 7-GDI to XPS Conversion Experience

Microsoft XPS Document Converter (MXDC) is the core component for performing conversion of GDI primitives to equivalent XPS mark-up. MXDC is used for generating XPS documents in Microsoft XPS Document Writer (MXDW) and XPS printing using XPSDrv based printers when the application being used does not support XPS directly. In Windows 7 we have made…

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Introducing Word Automation Services

Have you ever wanted to convert .docx files into PDF? We’ve heard from many customers trying to perform server side conversions of Open XML files (.docx) into fixed formats (PDF and XPS) using the Word desktop application, and that’s what motivated us to create Word Automation Services. As a component of SharePoint 2010, Word Automation…

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Distributed Scan Management

Hi, My name is Jane Maliouta, and I am a program manager for printer and scanner connectivity features. Today, I’d like to tell you about a new feature available in Windows Server 2008 R2, called Distributed Scan Management (DSM).   DSM is targeted primarily for enterprises and supports network scanning scenarios. It enables customers in…

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Printer Management Using PowerShell

*******Disclaimer.  This posting contains scripting samples.  These are provided as-is with no guaranties or warranties of any kind.  They are not thoroughly tested in all scenarios. Over the years, the Printing team has released a number of management technologies designed to help print administrators get their jobs done. While the Print Management Console (PMC) is…

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Printing and Document Features for the Platform Update for Windows Vista

What is the Platform Update for Windows Vista? The Platform Update for Windows Vista is a set runtime libraries that makes it easy for developers to target both Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Among the technologies included in the Platform Update for Windows Vista are the XPS Print API for XPS Printing, the XPS Rasterization…

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Print Services Migration Guide

With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2, many of you will be looking into migrating your print servers. Since migrating a server running either Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 to a server running the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system can often become a stressful time for IT Admins, we have just the right…

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New in Documents, Printing, and Scanning Space

There have been many improvements in Windows 7 and Server 2008R2 in the Documents, Printing, and Scanning space.  These include great performance, stability, security, and reliability enhancements and entirely new feature additions to ease printing and scanning as well as print and scan management.    Printers now are part of the Device Stage experience in…

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Print blog begins!

The print team has created a new TechNet blog for discussing printing related topics.  Our primary goal is to make this a highly efficient and searchable way for customers to get at the wealth of information we have published in various places.  The following list is a subset of topics that we have discussed and…

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