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From windows server 2003 I can easily add a cups printer service from another host:

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I tried the same on a windows server 2008 machine, but I did not succeed to add this kind of http printer addresses there, although the address is reachable in the browser (the cups http interface shows up):

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What is the way to do it on 2008 ?

(I can easily go to the cups http page in a browser from the 2008 machine)

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For both 2008 and 2008 R2 it's the same process: on the start menu and type "Add a Printer" then click on the link that's displayed, the Add Printer wizard will open. In the wizard choose add a network printer, then click "the printer I want isn't listed". The next page should allow you to add an http:// or share address for the printer, the UI has changed slightly so that both types of entry are made in the same text-entry box. This process has been tested on Server 2008, 2008 R2 and Windows 7 however I have no cups service so can't test the connectivity.

Windows 7 Cups Printer Dialogue

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This answer shows the same add printer dialog that I had already included in the question. See the accepted answer for the solution (IPP has to be installed) – mit Oct 14 '13 at 13:03
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The solution is that first IPP (internet printing client) has to be added to the server:

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I rebooted afterwards (maybe restarting the spooling service is enough)

Afterwards it was possible to add the printer as a network printer using the http URL including printer name:

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Entering IPs here works, I did not try using domain names.

Sorry for the mixed localisation in the screenshots

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