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I was told by someone that I could use DFS to set up a printer share so that if one print server went down the other one would be there to pick up the slack and no one would know the difference. So the question is:
Does anyone know how to use DFS to set up a printer?
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by:MSGeek
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Sounds like an urban folktale, but I am listening in case another twisted and talented EE member knows. :)
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Nah, it's possible, but it has FSCK all to do with DFS.

Remember, the statement is "one print server went down"..  which I will choose to interpret as the LPR/D host (commonly, the jet-direct thingie in the printers themselves today!)

Printer pooling might be a useable function for this.  NT4 (and earlier?) had this included.  Kinda like, take two printers, with LPD/R info, and share them both with one UNC name.


If that's not what you're looking for (physical printer redundancy), you're begging for naming/directory service redundancy -- which is by definition, sorta impossible.


Look up that Printer Pooling.  It really does work.  


Good Luck.

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Printer pooling works from a device perspective.  All printers in a printer pool must be that same, and it is recommended in close proximity to each other.  Print jobs go to any available printer in the pool, not the one of your choosing.  It is only redundant if a printer in the pool fails, not if the server hosting the pool goes down.
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Printer pooling isn't what I am looking for. This only helps if the printer goes down not if the print server goes down.
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sphendry... I hope that was for scdavis, I realize what you are trying to accomplish.
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It was for scdavis.
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