Novel & Windows 2000 Server using the same printers.
Posted on 2001-07-26
We have a Novell server 4.11 with two network adapters. One is connected to a hub with 16 ports. There are 12 computers connected to that hub including A windows 2000 Server.
The Windows 2000 Server provides redundancy for the Novell Server. All the files from the Novel Server are backed up to a couple of hard drives on the Windows 2000 Server. The workstations connect to both the Novel Server and Windows 2000 server but use Novel as the primary server. Windows 2000 is mostly accessed to restore data or if Novell is taken down.
There is a second Network Adapter Card on the Novel printer connected to a small 5 port hub. There are 5 network printeres connected to that hub. 3 of those printers use Linksys Pocket PrintServers. The others have built in network cards. The printers were originally given their own hub connected into their own Network Adapter Card to place them on a separate collision domain(from what I was told).
All the Computers to include the Windows 2000 server print with Novel. The Windows 2000 Server does not otherwise have direct access to the printers
I just installed a second Network Adapter on the Windows 2000 printer. When I connected it to the main hub I was able to ping it from my workstation so it apears to work.
If I were to daisy chain the 5 port hub to another 5 port hub(regular cable uplink to uplink?) and run a cable from the second Network card on the 2000 Server to the daisy chained hub WOULD THE WINDOWS 2000 SERVER BE ABLE TO ACCESS AND USE THE SAME PRINTERS THAT THE NOVEL SERVER DOES?? Both the second NIC of the Novel Server and the Second NIC of the Windows 2000 Server would be connected to the same pair of daisy chained hubs that the printers are connected to.
If the Novell Server were to go down It would be nice for the workstations to be able to access the printers through the Windows 2000 Server till Novell got back up.
The 3 Pocket PrintServers use SMB with Netbeui. I don't know if they tie directly to the MAC address of the NIC's or not and if so whether or not that would prevent Windows 2000 and Novel to both use the same set of printers on the same collision domain.