Print Server Windows 2003 Best Practice


I'm looking for some input on building redundant print servers. I have 2 1 U HP servers wit XEON processors at 4GB RAM each with windows standard 2003.

I want to build 2 truly redundant print servers. I know some people uses DNS round robin to accomplish this, but if one of the servers takes a hit the people that hit that server are out of luck. Any documentation on how to build redundant print servers?

Thank You,
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I've setup print clusters before.  It can be a little tricky as you have to make sure the drivers are in-sync, version wise.  But it's worked pretty well.  That way, one server fails, the other picks up and it's generally not noticeable to the users.
ValleyENTAuthor Commented:
so its more fail over not failover/load balancing
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Correct.  Print clusters run off of one active node and fail over to a passive node in the event of a failure of the first node.  

I don't know what kind of print volume you have; we ran 150 or printers on our cluster.

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ValleyENTAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your input.
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