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Installing a Local Printer

Setting up a local printer is really just a matter of directly attaching the printer to the Windows Server 2008 computer with a USB cable. Because Windows Server 2008 embraces Plug and Play, most printers (unless you are dealing with a fairly old legacy printer) are recognized automatically and installed by the network operating system.

To add a plug-and-play printer to a server, connect the printer to the server. A message box appears in the system tray letting you know that the system is installing the device driver software.

Click the message box to view the status of the printer’s driver installation. When the installation is complete, the Driver Installation Box provides a summary of the device (printer) installation and the status of the device (such as Ready to use, as shown in Figure 14.1).

Figure 14.1. USB printers are installed automatically by Windows Server 2008.

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After the printer is installed, you can view it in the Printers window. Select Start and then Control Panel. Double-click the Printers icon to open the Printers window (see Figure 14.2).

Figure 14.2. You can view installed printers in the Control Panel’s Printers window.

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The newly installed printer appears in the list of printers in the window’s right pane. If this is the first printer installed on the server, it is marked as the default printer for the computer.

Did you Know?

When you are installing a non–plug-and-play printer, use the Add Printer Wizard (you can access it via the Control Panel’s Printers icon). This enables you to add a legacy printer connected to the computer by a method other than a USB cable.

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