2003 vs 2008 Print Servers

Posted on 2009-12-29
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
We are running Windows XP in our environment and about to AD from Novell iPrint.  Are there any issues with running a 2008 print server with XP workstations?
Question by:japplewhaite
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    No, none at all, you are able to provide different drivers for different operating system in the printer setup, you will be able to add drivers for windows 2000, xp, vista, 2003, 2008, 7... etc..

    We run this ourselves in a large company with a few hundred printers on each server without any XP problems....
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    You shouldnt have any issues as Caldwell mentioned. The only issue I have ever come across is that Windows seems to crap out after you get to about 1000 printers on a print server, even though it requires very little CPU. To get around this issue you can virtualize your windows install and put 5 or 6 virtual OS'es on the same physical hardware, thus allowing you 5 or 6000 printers to be installed. With the virtualization option and VMWARE products you can even setup backup servers that will take over in case of failure etc. Of course this is only if you need absolute redundancy.

    Author Comment

    We are operating  in a VMWare environment  with about 100 printers and 450 users in 19 different buildings so it sounds like one print server will do.  At what point should we start considering separating the print server from the file server.   I am thinking it would depends on the numbers.  
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    I think your primary limitation would be network load. If you dont have too much load, then you should be fine running them both together. 100 printers requires very little overhead unless you start getting into printing huge pictures or plotter (printers) for drafting etc...
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    Printer management & deployment feature is the nice addition in windows server 2008 & using gpo to deploy is really best way.
    There is no issues reported with more than 500 printes running on print server & its been fine with driver compatibility too.

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks for the info.

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