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Printer pooling not doing load balancing

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Hello everybody,

we have a number of printers on our Windows 2003 R2 SP2 print server that are grouped together to form a pool. They are all pools of two printers.
What we would expect is that the load is evenly distributed among the two printers of the pool, but this does not happen. From print statistics, we see that the number of pages printed is definitely higher for one printer of the pool and not for the other. And this happens with all the pools.
How can we solve this problem?
Thank you in advance
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Krzysztof Pytko earned 500 total points
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You cannot :) Printer pooling means that "load balancing" checks if 1st printer is being used and then redirects printed document to another in the pool. If 1st is free it always receive print job :) So there is no real load balancing in Printer Pooling option. It only allows printing to another device if first/second/third (depends how many printers are in the pool) is busy then another receives print job :]

Regards,
Krzysztof
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Check this MS article about Printers Pooling
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc757086%28WS.10%29.aspx

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