?
Solved

Backup printer server

Posted on 2004-09-21
4
Medium Priority
?
273 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
Currently we have one print server which all printers are shared from, when this goes down - everything goes down.

I want to set up some kind of printer redundancy - kind of like a DFS share for printers. Does anybody know if this is possible or know of any solutions that would give us some kind of printer backup?
0
Comment
Question by:CharlesSHill
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 16

Accepted Solution

by:
JamesDS earned 375 total points
ID: 12109843
CharlesSHill
You have a couple of choices:
Cluster your print server to 2 or more servers.
Install a second printer server that serves all the printers and point half your clients to it

Or, a little cooler...
Install a second identical Print server and point your clients to a DNS CNAME instead of the print server name so that if one server goes down you can simply change the CNAME record to the other server.

Cheers

JamesDS
0
 
LVL 3

Expert Comment

by:browolf
ID: 12506063
we do it by having printers assigned thru a login script. if the server goes down we can just change the script to the other server. it's also good if the printer breaks we can point those people to another printer quickly
0
 

Author Comment

by:CharlesSHill
ID: 12520786
This would imply that the users have to log out and log in again. Is there any way this could be automated ?
0
 
LVL 3

Expert Comment

by:browolf
ID: 12521606
presumably, in our printer script, if the server name was a DNS CNAME as JamesDS suggested, that would make it so they didnt need to logout. But we'd still have to alter the DNS record.
0

Featured Post

Ask an Anonymous Question!

Don't feel intimidated by what you don't know. Ask your question anonymously. It's easy! Learn more and upgrade.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

NTFS file system has been developed by Microsoft that is widely used by Windows NT operating system and its advanced versions. It is the mostly used over FAT file system as it provides superior features like reliability, security, storage, efficienc…
One of the most important things in an application is the query performance. This article intends to give you good tips to improve the performance of your queries.
We’ve all felt that sense of false security before—locking down external access to a database or component and feeling like we’ve done all we need to do to secure company data. But that feeling is fleeting. Attacks these days can happen in many w…
Is your data getting by on basic protection measures? In today’s climate of debilitating malware and ransomware—like WannaCry—that may not be enough. You need to establish more than basics, like a recovery plan that protects both data and endpoints.…
Suggested Courses

650 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question