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Looking for Network Ready Printer compatible with Windows Terminal Services Server 2003

I am looking for suggestions in implementing a network-ready printer (preferable laser-jet) that will work very well in a Windows Terminal Server (Server 2003 SP2) environment.

I have had mixed results on many networks with existing printers and peripherals when moving the network to Term Server. Printers, their drivers and their software have been especially problematic. 3rd party IP print-servers have been a problem across the board with Term Server and the few Vista machines.

So I am looking for some suggestions.

Again, I have 40 users who use terminal server accounts (from Win XP Pro/Home and a few Vista clients) on a Windows Server 2003 SP2 machine with a SBS 2003 SP2 DC. The greatest need is that the printer be utilized by the accounting department to print checks and invoices out of the Term Server installation of QuickBooks 2007 (and soon 2008).

I am looking in price ranges from inexpensive to moderately-high.

Anyone out there have a model they love in this configuration
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The current printer I have been trying to implement for the Accounting group to print from QuickBooks out of their Term Server accounts is a HP DeskJet 1300 using a NetGear print server (PS121 v2).

The printer is installed as a local printer on the Term Server using a TCP/IP port I created. The term-server accounts can see and print to the DJ 1300 from MS Office and QB for about a month at a time. Then the QB print jobs start to jam and the Term Server looses connection to the TCP/IP port on the print-server and has to be re-installed after the print-server is reset.

This cannot be done by the user, nor can it be accomplished by remote. Administration of it is a pain and the configuration sloppy at best. It also frustrates the user, who is my paying the bills, to no end.

Also, you would be hard pressed to find a print-server appliance that will not crash off-line when hit by a print job from a Vista machine. At least that has been the experience on this network with 3 different devices.

That's why I talked them into investing in a model of printer designed for network access. I'd like to get away from the print-server.

Thanks,
-JP
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