Pros and Cons of using Server 2003 R2 print server orver 2003

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by boxterduke, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. boxterduke

    boxterduke Guest

    Hello there,

    Could someone please let me know of the advantages of using server 2003 R2
    as a print server compairing to using normal windows server 2003.

    Our print server is 2003 and would like to know if there is a significant
    advantage of moving it to 2003 R2.

    I've been doing searches and found stuff about the print management console
    but would like to hear feedback from the people that use it.

    Thank you
     
    boxterduke, Dec 10, 2008
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  2. Could someone please let me know of the advantages of using server 2003 R2
    Well, R2 is based off SP1 plus a couple of new features. I wish I had
    the article handy but I vaguely remember reading that the R2 Print
    Services are a little more robust. It's hard to say how much more
    since SP2 was release for non-R2 and robustness was put into it. I
    would go with R2. I have applied no less than 13 print related fixes
    and KB tweaks to non-R2 since SP2 was released.

    - Thee Chicago Wolf
     
    Thee Chicago Wolf, Dec 10, 2008
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  3. boxterduke

    mct Guest

    Print management is very nice when it works. Very nice. Being able to push
    printers (and delete them) by group policy is very convenient.

    However, there are a lot of printer drivers (notably the HP 4250) which
    don't use winprint and have their own print processor. In my experience,
    asking Print Management to install that print processor has resulted in
    frequent spooler service crashes which neither HP nor Microsoft will own up
    to being responsible for.

    Bottom line: Give Print Management a try, but you'd better have a test
    environment available to test driver deployment before you risk killing
    printers for every client in your office.
     
    mct, Dec 11, 2008
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  4. Print management is very nice when it works. Very nice. Being able to push
    Yes, the evil HP Print Processor. The bane of all normalcy on print
    servers. I usually have to set Winprint manually in advanced
    properties. HP just sticks it to you and it would be stellar if they
    actually ASKED if you wanted their print processor before it installs
    itself.

    - Thee Chicago Wolf
     
    Thee Chicago Wolf, Dec 11, 2008
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  5. To push printers via Group Policy, the Domain has to be at the 2003 R2
    functional level, not just the print server.

    Other capabilities of the Print Management console do not require the Domain
    to be at the 2003 R2 functional level.

    Unless you have an R2 functional level Domain, I don't think there is much
    advantage to upgrading the print server to R2 if you have installed SP2 on
    the print server.

    --
    Bruce Sanderson
    http://members.shaw.ca/bsanders

    It is perfectly useless to know the right answer to the wrong question.



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    Bruce Sanderson, Dec 12, 2008
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