More than one active printserver in one 2003 cluster

Discussion in 'Clustering' started by jvrede, Aug 20, 2004.

  1. jvrede

    jvrede Guest

    I have multiple questions concerning large scale centralized printclusters.
    Maybe you can help me by answering some of these questions:

    Are more than one printspoolers within one Windows 2003 cluster formally
    supported by Microsoft?
    Can two spoolers be active on one node in case of failover?
    Can two spoolers be active in one cluster but failover to different standby
    nodes?
    What can we do to avoid total unavailability of printing services if the
    printserver cluster collapes/fails.
    How can users be redirected between multiple virtual printservers within one
    or more clusters.

    We need to support about 1000 printers and plan to use DL380G4 (dual CPU,
    2GB) servers. I suspect we could support 250 printers per server.

    Regards,

    Hans Vredevoort
     
    jvrede, Aug 20, 2004
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    Saludos
    Ramon
    PMP, ITIL Certified
    MCSE & MCSA 2000/2003, CCA
    Reword your question... it is rather difficult to undestand...
    Yes. In the past, and with Windows 2000 CLustering, I did set up an
    active/active print cluster with 2 spoolers per node. The system is up &
    running without problems since 2001
    Please, reword...
    Only One node is the owner of the Spooler in which the Pint Queue is
    defined. \\Virtualservername\printer will be redirected to the node owning
    \\virtualservername


    In my previous example the system supported about 750 pinters per node
    without problems of performance (4xCPU Xeon 700, 4GB RAM, 2x1Gigabit NIC
    Team)
     
    Ramon Jiménez, Aug 20, 2004
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  3. Inline...

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    Saludos
    Ramon
    PMP, ITIL Certified
    MCSE & MCSA 2000/2003, CCA
    One Windows Spooler service. 2 Cluster spooler resources
     
    Ramon Jiménez, Aug 21, 2004
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  4. jvrede

    Craig Guest

    In the case of using a two-node print cluster
    (active/active) with external shared storage, you would
    have 1 drive for quorum, 1 drive for spooler resource for
    node 1 and 1 drive for spooler resource for node 2?
    Giving a total of three drives required? It would be 6 in
    the case of hardware mirroring those drives?
     
    Craig, Aug 24, 2004
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  5. Yes.

    It wold be 7 if you want a Hot Spare Disk

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    Saludos
    Ramon
    PMP, ITIL Certified
    MCSE & MCSA 2000/2003, CCA
    In the case of using a two-node print cluster
    (active/active) with external shared storage, you would
    have 1 drive for quorum, 1 drive for spooler resource for
    node 1 and 1 drive for spooler resource for node 2?
    Giving a total of three drives required? It would be 6 in
    the case of hardware mirroring those drives?
     
    Ramon Jiménez, Aug 25, 2004
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