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Setting up Virtual Server for Print Server

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I'm wanting to setup the print server role on a new virtual server, and I'm wondering if anyone knows of the best practices or recommended settings when configuring the new virtual server to be used as a print server. Like how much RAM, disk space, etc. is recommended.
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setting up a virtual print server is no different really from a physical print server.

the most obvious thing is to put the spool files on a different volume from the OS.
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Thank you, that helps, but what I'm specifically looking for is minimum/recommended system requirements for setting up a print server on it's own virtual server. Is there anything like that?

Also, I know you said this should be obvious, but why is it necessary to put the spool files on a different volume?
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well, if you have a lot of print jobs going through the print server, the print jobs can use up a lot of disk space.  if you leave the spool directory on the same volume as the OS, it could fill up your OS drive which could crash the OS and the server will have problems rebooting again.

how many printers are you planning on hosting, how many users will be printing, and what sort of print jobs (big CAD drawings, simple word docs etc).
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I have 25-30 printers, and printing is almost exclusively limited to word docs, PDFs, etc. nothing big.
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20gb for the OS, 10gb for spool files, 1 processor, 2gb of ram to start with (you can add more later if required)
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20gb for the OS, 10gb for spool files, 1 processor, 2gb of ram to start with (you can add more later if required)
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