What is Printer server like ?

case 1)
If I install printer driver on the Windows Server 2008R2,
and from PC, open the  \\Server name \ , and click the printer ,
the printer driver is available from PCs, it means that the server 2008R2 becomes printer server.

Case 2)
If I add printer server function
From Server Manager,
Add roles > print and document services

What kind of difference  between case 1) and case 2) ?
Does case 2) has some advantage ?
I think Case 1 ) is enough as Printer server.
shouichiAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Your case 1 is not entirely clear. I think you have the printer physically attached to the server. I would put the printer on a network connection (not attached to the server) and then install the driver on the server as you suggested. In this latter way, the Server 2008 is a print server, but it is a very easy role as some of the printer management is offloaded to the network. This works very well.

As noted above, you do need to pay attention to 32-bit and 64-bit clients, but I hook my Windows 7 64-bit machine to client servers and most printers (standard HP printers) are no problem. .... Thinkpads_User
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IanThCommented:
depend on if you have 32bit and 64bit clients as 2 has print management for driver management and it allows server scanning
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shouichiAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your comments.

as far as I know,
I need to install 32-bit and 64 bit ver printer driver on the Printer servers

Are there anything important point regarding 32 and 64 bit printer driver?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It depends on the printer. Windows 7 Pro 64-bit has drivers to accomodate most printers even if the printer is installed as 32-bit on the server. Unfortunately, there is no one uniform answer.

.... Thinkpads_User
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shouichiAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your comments.

I would appreciate if you could let me know URL to explain what you want to mention.

Best regards

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
My comments are based entirely on experience. Some complex printers (Xerox) need to be installed locally. Most ordinary HP LaserJets install simply as network printers. ... Thinkpads_User
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shouichiAuthor Commented:
In case of some Xerox complex printers,  Do I need to install printer driver on the local PC ?

That means , printer server cannot do anything about xerox some printers ?
xerox don't want to do anything ?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you have a Xerox machine on your network, it will probably install on a 32-bit client as a network printer. That works in my clients. But drivers must be installed locally on a 64-bit client and then networked after.

There is a huge legacy printer transition underway. Some printers do not work on 64-bit at all and have to be replaced. Some can install over the network. Some must be installed locally and then networked.

.... Thinkpads_User
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shouichiAuthor Commented:
It seems to be big irregular issue regarding Xerox printer.

1. 32bit local pc can use xerox network printer.
2. 64bit printer driver should be installed on the 64bit PC to use xerox printer..
At this moment, xerox printer sould connect to 64bit pc directly by scsi ?
3. Xerox printer can be connected to office lan as a network printer.

These procedure is right ?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I keep the clients' Xerox printers on the network (ethernet). I then install the correct driver for the 64-bit machine on the 64-machine as a "local" printer temporarily. Once installed, I point the port to the correct address and it works.

So the steps you outline are correct. ... Thinkpads_User
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shouichiAuthor Commented:
Why does xerox printer need to do these steps?
xerox support doesn't care about these issue ?
Does this mean we should buy HP printer in the future?
or
How about any other products?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
As I already noted "There is a huge legacy printer transition underway. Some printers do not work on 64-bit at all and have to be replaced. Some can install over the network. Some must be installed locally and then networked."

There is not much you can do and you cannot force them to standardize on any approach.

All I can really say is that you should put in a proper printer environment (printers on network connections) and that adapt your installation strategy to what you have. That is what I do.

... Thinkpads_User
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you. I was pleased to assist and good luck going forward.  .... Thinkpads_User
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