Microsoft 2000 Server Print Cluster...How to add a printer?

Posted on 2004-11-04
Last Modified: 2013-11-15

I have a Microsoft Print Cluster on 2000 Server.  I am trying to figure out how to add a printer to it.

1.  Do I add the printer using the Add Printer wizard to the Virtual Server, Fail over the cluster, add it to the virtual server again, and fail it back?  or

2.  Do I just add the printer to each individual node as Microsoft suggests...which would indicate that I do not need to fail the cluster, meaning I can add a printer at any time...?

Any feedback anybody can provide is much appreciated.


Question by:KrowtenTech
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    Accepted Solution

    If the drivers aren't installed yet, you need to install them first on each node, then delete the printer objects created during the installation.
    Once you have the proper driver installed on the nodes, you use the Add prionter wizard *remotely* to add your shared printer.
    Have a look here:
    HOW TO: Create a Shared Printer on Windows Clustering

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    I found this article on the Net.....Can you confirm or deny this?!

    To add a printer to a cluster, you follow the same rules as you follow when you add a printer to a computer. However, the process of adding a printer to a cluster has the following exceptions:

    ***Never start the addition process from the local Printers folder. The cluster always appears as remote, even if you're working on the active cluster node.***

     Instead, type the cluster name (e.g., \\Cluster-prn) in the Run text box. Then click the remote Printers folder that the system displays.
    If the Add Printer Wizard doesn't appear when the remote Printers folder opens, you can't continue. One of three things is wrong: You don't have administrator permissions on each cluster node, the spooler service isn't started on the current computer, or the cluster doesn't have at least one print spooler resource online.

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