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Hour 14. Working with Network Printing

What You’ll Learn in This Hour:

Another essential service that a network provides to users is the capability to print. Sharing printers was one of the “historical” reasons that personal computers were first networked. This hour looks at the Windows Server 2008 print services, including the configuration of a print server. It also looks at managing the print environment in the domain.

Networking Printing and Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 makes managing printers and print servers very straightforward. It provides two tools for managing print issues: the Server Manager and the Print Management snap-in. The Server Manager enables you to install the Print Services role on a server and to quickly view print-related events when the Print Services role is selected.

After the Print Services role is installed, you also have access to the Print Management snap-in (in the Server Manager or MMC). This snap-in enables you to install, view, and manage printers and print servers on the network.

Before any discussion of setting up a print server and the print-related tools, you need to know some of the terminology used for working with domain print services. A shared printer is simply a printer that accepts print jobs from more than one computer. Printers on the network actually fall into two different categories, depending on where the printer is located in relation to your network server: local printer or remote printer.

A local printer is a printer that is directly attached to a server. The printer is only local, however, in relation to the server (to which it is connected). This server assumes the role of print server for the printer. A remote printer is a printer attached to a computer other than your server. You can configure a server running Windows Server 2008 to act as the print server for a printer that is attached to another computer on the network.

A third type of printer is used on networks: the direct-connect printer. This printer is outfitted with an internal or external direct connection hardware device (which acts as both a local print server and a network interface card for the printer). A direct-connect printer is connected to the network hub or other connectivity device by a twisted-pair cable (or the same networking media that you use to connect the computers on your network). Establishing a print server on the network is really just a matter of connecting your printers (whether locally, remotely, or directly) to the network so that the appropriate printer can be “identified” during the process of configuring a server for print services. Let’s take a look at installing printers and then explore the steps for adding the Print Services role to a server running Windows Server 2008.

By the Way

Although you can share printers on the network that are connected to computers other than dedicated print servers, remember that the local computer hosting the printer experiences performance hits when queuing up print jobs and sending them to the printer. This is why dedicated print servers are used to handle the large number of print requests that are typically dealt with on a Windows domain.

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