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how to divide file and print server roles?

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Hi,
We currently have a windows server2003 file server which is also acting as our print server , the problem we are having is the print server side of it keeps crashing the server which then requires a reboot. so our problem is that we keep rebooting the file sever.

Q. is there an alternative to the setup we have got and what is the best way to go about it i.e buy new equipment to perform the print server function and what to do with it?

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Doddwell

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Have you considered HP JetDirect Print Servers?  They work with many varieties of printers, and allow for easy connections over a lan.

You could also setup a very cheap linux machine to run your print server via the 'cups' service.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JetDirect
http://www.cups.org/
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Do these options allow you to use group policy to role out printers to users?
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Short answer: yes
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For linux you would need to enable the 'smb' service on the linux machine (http://tldp.org/HOWTO/SMB-HOWTO-9.html) to share the printer, which is not terribly complicated.

For the JetDirect, you would simply configure the device and give it an ip address, then configure your group policy through Active Directory.
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DOn't fancy Linux..know nothing about it

As for Jet Direct...that would involve buying a load of jetdirect cards...right?  We have about 20 printers (most of which are network printers).  I currently install driers directly on PCs but want to move away from this as we expand.  I know that I can use my File Sever to do this but I stopped doing this about 2 years ago (WIN200 Server) because if a doc failed to print I could not remove it from the print queue...even as Administrator...so had to restart the server.

So...I'm looking for an AD integrated print solution...poss another server...or maybe Win 2003 Server doesn't have the same problems?
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"if a doc failed to print I could not remove it from the print queue"

to fix this, simply open a command window and type the following commands:

sc stop spooler
sc start spooler

Voila!
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