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Use of Shared Printers on Server

I have a small network (approx 50 computers) and have Microsoft Server 2003. I have several printers around the organization and all have print servers either built into the printer or have purchase an external print server and attached to the printer. Is it benifical to install those printers on the server and add them into the AD and have users use them from AD or does that create more of a problem than I want to deal with. Is it better to just go directly to the needed printer or does it matter. What are the pros and cons of doing either. I've never messed with this and I have someone I work with that is opposed to using the printer from the server. Just wanting some other opinions.
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Using AD is easier I think.  This was users can use the add printer wizard and find a printer in the directory vs adding the IP address to the printer.  Most users dont know how to do that and will call you vs adding a printer from the directory
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ryansoto - I figured that it would be easier, but is it better? Does this create overhead on the server or is there a bigger potential of things getting hung up. is there a problem with getting the proper drivers? Just wondering if you had any other insight.
The drivers will download to the client automatically using active directory where as loading it indivudally the drivers will need to be installed manually.  There will be a little overhead added to the server to process the print jobs but thats very minimal and not worth the hassle of manually updating the printers - by a LONG shot.  Plus the overhead is so minimal and its only for a few seconds while the jobs runs through the spooler like 5 seconds for the average job.  
The potential to get 'hung up' is really no different on the server vs the client IMO
Does installing a printer this way actually install the printer or does it share just as you would if the printer was attached directly to the server?
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