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Chapter 8. SHARING RESOURCES ON THE NETWORK > Configuring a Print Server

Configuring a Print Server

The specifics of configuring a server computer to be a print server will depend on the NOS you are running. However, certain tasks must be accomplished in every network operating system environment for clients to be able to print to the printer that is hosted by the print server:

  • The printer must be physically attached to the print server. Typically this attachment will use a parallel printer cable that attaches the printer to a parallel port, such as LPT1, on the computer. Printers with their own print server software will be directly connected to the network via a hub.

  • The appropriate printer driver must be installed on the print server. Every NOS comes with a database of printer drivers. If you've just bought a state-of-the-art printer and are installing it on a network that has been running for a while, the printer will come with a disk or CD-ROM that supplies the appropriate printer driver for your NOS. Windows 2000 Server makes installing a printer extremely easy. Any Plug and Play printer attached to the server will be automatically recognized, as shown in Figure 8.14.

    Figure 8.14. Printers attached to a Windows 2000 Server machine are automatically recognized by the Plug and Play feature.

  • The printer must be shared on the network. How this is accomplished will depend on the NOS. On a Windows 2000 Server machine, any directly connected printer will automatically be shared once the appropriate driver has been configured. On a Netware server, the printer is available once it has been added to the NDS tree.


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