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Brother Scanner Drivers for Windows Server

Modded drivers to allow scanning MFC-J4710DW on a Windows Server 2008 R2

Officially only printing is supported for the Windows Server platform for the MFC-J4710DW and similar printers. On the download page you are advised that the full software suite functionality is not available. If you attempt to install the full software you will receive OS not supported error, trying to force install the drivers also fails.

But with an iron will, a weekends worth of time, and some luck I was able to modify later model's drivers and successfully install the scanner drivers.

Unfortunately ControlCenter4 seems to be hardcoded not to function in a Server environment, but as an alternative I found NAPS2 which works wonderfully with the 'scan' button events - please donate to the developer!

You can find the modified driver at this link. Please note 'Desktop Experience' feature is required or driver will fail with Error: No INF AddService directives contained the flag SPSVCINST_ASSOCSERVICE in the log file.

Also note the .inf modification does change the driver's signature which windows will warn you about and you must overwrite - install the driver by right clicking the device and choosing 'Update Driver Software... > Browse my computer for driver software > Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer'.

The approach should work for any other MFC models that lack Windows Server support, so based on demand in the comments section I will update this post and as always feel free to follow me @danielsokolows.

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