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Sharing Printers

Another essential service that a network provides to users is the ability to print. In Chapter 7, we looked at the different categories of printers that can be provided on the network. Setting up a local printer on a Windows server is really just a matter of physically connecting the printer to the server. The Plug and Play feature provided by Windows Server 2003 will configure the driver for the printer when you reboot the system.

As soon as you install a printer on a Windows server, you have, in effect, created a print server. Now all you have to do is share the printer. Since Windows Server 2003 has “Wizardized” many of the tasks that you must complete as a network administrator, probably the easiest way to share the printer and specify the Windows server as a print server is to use the Configure Your Server Wizard. This can be started from the Manage Your Server window by clicking the Add or Remove a Role link at the top right of the window.


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