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Best practices for print servers?

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Wondering what the experts say are best practices for setting up a network printer

small network - sometimes a workgroup with a machine dedicated as a central 'server' but may just be an XP pro box - but tucked away in the corner, always on, etc... or maybe an SBS or win server 2K3 domain...

You have a / some network printers.  what is the best way to set them up?  Have each PC print to that IP address?  Or would you set up the printer on the server and then share it to everyone?  All the desktops are XP pro.

and dealing with the print server's IP - would you let it be a DHCP address?  Or hard code it? What happens when a PC is set up to access the printer at the dhcp address, and for some reason the printer IP changes?  It shouldn't - it keeps renewing and the DHCP server keeps OKing the renewal... but if you change the pool, etc?  Just hard code the printer?  what's the down side of that?

thank you!


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