print server for XP and Windows7 clients in 2003 domain (need 2008?)
Posted on 2011-04-29
I have a 2003 domain that have some new Windows 7 computers (64 and 33 bit) that need printers. I looks like I need to put a 2008 printer server in in order to serve out the proper drivers (HP 1320's, 2430's, etc)
Question: Does the 2008 server need to be a domain controller in a 2003 environment to share printers to BOTH XP and Windows7 machines?
In the 2003 environment we have, anybody can add a printer currently from the Server 2003 print server. Will this be the case with a 2008 server or will there be domain policies we need to make in order to let all domain users add a printer?
We tried it once, but it seemed that the users got stopped while installing printer drivers and needed an admin to finish the install process. Before they could just double click on a printer on the 2003 server to install it.
Thanks for input on this.