Is it possible to have a print spooler in a workgroup?

Hi Experts,

Is it possible to have users in a workgroup printing to a 2008 R2 server using it's spooler instead of direct IP printing? We do have a domain in our main offices but these are small temporary sites and come and go every month.

Thanks for the help in advance. Cheers
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bigeven2002Connect With a Mentor Commented:

If I understand the question correctly, yes you can.  What this entails is setting the 2008 server as a print server and have it host the IP printer.

First, on your 2008 server, install the printer as an Local IP printer.  Then share the printer off the server.  Optionally, you can deselect the "render print jobs on client computers" if you do want the server to render the print jobs exclusively.  This will mean a performance hit though.

After sharing, assuming your users are running Windows 7 or XP, be sure to load those drivers onto the server so that they will be seen on the users computers.  Just click the Additional Drivers button to do so after you download the drivers.

On the users machine, go to Start > Run and type \\server (where server is the name of your 2008 server.  A network window will open which will list the shared IP printer.  Right-click on it and select Connect for each user.

Now when they print, it will use the server's spooler.
Almost forgot, since this is a workgroup and not a domain, be sure the server has the user's accounts added for permissions.
WeirdFishesAuthor Commented:
Didn't think of that even though it was right in front of my face!! Thanks
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