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Printer Management in Windows Server 2003

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How to index standalone printers in Active Directory 
Occasionally users will need to send a job to a network printer they don't normally print to. Here's how Windows administrators can use Active Directory to create a print queue for for a standalone printer. (Sept. 2007)

Adding a printer to Active Directory with Windows Vista
A new tool in Windows Vista's Print Management console simplifies the process of listing printers in Active Directory. (Dec. 2007)

Best practices for deploying printer location with Active Directory
Microsoft© Windows? 2000 introduced a new feature that allows clients to find printers that have been published in the Microsoft Active Directory© service. Windows Server 2003? Active Directory services continues this location support for printers. To make it easy for your users to take advantage of this feature and locate printers based on their name, location, and other criteria, you must create a consistent location schema for your print organization. This white paper outlines some best practices for creating and maintaining a useful location schema for systems integrators, administrators and architects who are planning, deploying, or managing Windows print servers. (Oct. 2003)

Print Server Scalability and Sizing Technical Overview
Microsoft has made a number of enhancements to the printing subsystem of the Microsoft© Windows? 2000 and the Windows Server 2003 family. Scalability and capacity play key roles in the purchase and deployment of Windows print servers. Although this paper does not provide exact formulas for calculating maximum loads, it does provide information that helps you size a server to meet your organization©s needs. Source: Microsoft

Print Server Upgrade, Migration, and Interoperability
Microsoft has made a number of enhancements to the printing subsystem of the Microsoft© Windows? 2000 and later operating systems. This paper provides an overview of these new features and discusses details about upgrading and migrating to Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003. In a network printing environment that mixes the Windows NT© operating system with other Windows platforms, interoperability issues can arise. This paper describes various methods for dealing with these issues for the systems integrators, administrators, and architects who are planning, deploying, or managing Windows print servers. Source: Microsoft

Printer Connectivity Technical Overview
Microsoft has made a number of enhancements to the printing connectivity options for Microsoft© Windows? 2000 and Microsoft© Windows? Server 2003. Connectivity decisions can have a substantial impact on the performance and scalability of a print server. This paper provides an overview of the new printer ports as well as a brief discussion of the importance of client-server connectivity. The paper is designed for systems integrators, administrators, and architects who are planning, deploying, or managing Windows print servers.  Source: Microsoft

Tips and Tricks
A Windows administrator's guide to printer management
This guide examines the printer management issues Windows admins commonly encounter and the tools and tactics that can help optimize printer performance. (October 2007)

How to create a network printer pool
You can avoid congestion on a network printer by creating a printer pool -- a group of printers attached to a common print queue, so multiple documents can be printed simultaneously. (August 2007)

Downloadable Microsoft utility enables print server backup
Losing a print server requires a quick fix. Fortunately Microsoft provides a downloadable utility to get your users printing again, even before you finish troubleshooting the printer. (May 2006)

Migrating print services with ease
When making the move to Windows Server 2003, learn the two issues that must be addressed when migrating print services. (January 2005)

   

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