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Slow Printing on Windows Server 2008

We are migrating on our main server from Windows Server 2003 SBS to Windows Server 2008. After moving the printers over, when we try to print there is a 30 second, on average, delay before it actually prints. I have done some research and tired some of the common solutions out there but there is still the delay. I was wondering if anyone has found a solution to this problem or knows anything else to try. Let me know if you need more information.
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Rodney BarnhardtServer AdministratorCommented:
Are these by chance Xerox printers? I had majore slow downs on those and it requires some extra configuration if that is the case for you also. These heavily rely on SNMP communications. Since we don't use public, we had to go configure the read and writes under "bi-directional communications" under the Configure Tab of th properties. Then, under the Advanced Tab, on the Print Processor radio button, we had to change the print processor to "winprint" and the data type to "raw". It really improved performance, and the Xerox tech was really helpful, but the whole thing was a pain. My Ricoh's had to have no extra configurations.
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itadminnekAuthor Commented:
Some are Xerox printers but most are HPs. The delays seem to be happening on both types of printers. I have tired your adjustments and there is still a 30 second delay. Any other ideas?
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Rodney BarnhardtServer AdministratorCommented:
I found a similar issue on Technet forums. It looks like there could be issues with Antivirus (depending on what you are running) and maybe some port settings. Take a look: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverprint/thread/82c6a5f9-c7d5-4c34-9139-a05fc0706f3b/
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Rodney BarnhardtServer AdministratorCommented:
There is a hotfix for memory leaks causing performance problems on 2008 print servers. The clients typically are Vista, but it may apply. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;951638
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itadminnekAuthor Commented:
I have found that Technet forum before and nothing within it helped. As far as the hotfix, it would not help me. The delay isn't caused by a lot of calls to the Print Spooler...the delay is always there, from startup to shutdown, and stays around a 30 second delay, it never increases. Any other ideas?
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Rodney BarnhardtServer AdministratorCommented:
On 2008, there is a new option under sharing "Render Print jobs on client computers". You could de-select that and try it. This may cause part of the slow down.
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itadminnekAuthor Commented:
I am not sure what happened...I didn't change anything for a week and now the printers seem to be running fine. I'm not sure what fixed the problem, probably a combination of things. Thanks!
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