Windows Server 2008 R2 and the missing fax printer

Windows Server 2008 R2 was released to MSDN today, and of course i want and installed it on a machine that did something more or less useful – a Fax server. Which is of course an internal system and not really in production.

I’m using a Diva BRI-2 2 Channel PCI-E Card, which already has support for Windows Server 2008 R2, and installing the Diva Software went without any issues.

Installing the Fax service was also easy, but there was no Fax printer to be seen anywhere.

I’ve followed the TechNet documentation for creating Fax printer on Windows Server 2008 R2, but it didn’t work – at first i received a “Permission denied” error message, after which i started Windows Fax & Scan using Administrator privileges.

This didn’t help that much – i could now go through the wizard, but no Fax account and no printer was created. This seemed strange.

Now, this really seemed like a permission issue. So i disabled UAC, rebooted the server, and tried it again. Everything worked – i was able to create the Fax printer, and after sharing it faxing worked as it should.

So, what now? Why doesn’t this work with UAC? I’ve been running our WS08 servers with UAC disabled (our Vista client were UAC enabled, and so are our Windows 7 clients), and thought WS08R2 should also work well with UAC enabled. But apparently, that wasn’t a good idea.

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