number of print devices a windows 2003 server can handle.

Posted on 2008-11-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
We currently have over 3000 print devices on our network, all slave printers.  How many print devices can a windows server 2003 print server handle?
Question by:alan_horn
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    From a post I found:
    "This is all I could find. From MS site "Types of Drivers
    Scalability is closely tied to driver types in that a server might be required to host many unique driver models. For example, a server hosting 2,100 printers that use the same driver requires less registry access and saves some spooler processing compared to a server hosting 2,100 printers that use 215 unique printer drivers. For many customers, reliability and scalability go together, because they cannot afford to be without a certain number of printers at one time. For this reason, Microsoft recommends using the user-mode drivers supplied with Windows 2000 or the Windows Server 2003 family or the drivers provided by the printer manufacturer that include the Designed for Windows logo."

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    basically, there is no standard calculation. It is based on factors such as how many unique drivers, type of print jobs, etc.

    2003 deployment kit:

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