Print Server: Why do we need it?
Posted on 2013-01-18
This is related to the Small Enterprise Network (around 30 machines). I am still confused with the Print Server; I need 2nd opinion from Experts please.
The subnet is 192.168.100.0/24
There is a file server (with the Windows 2008 server); I want to make this server also as a print server (The name of this file server is “BOBA”)
The things that I do:
- Go to Control Panel>Printer>Add Local Printer> Select the “Standard TCP/IP”> Key in the IP address of Printer#1 (192.168.100.60)> Browser to the “Brand name of the printer” (Here is HPLJ 4300)> Select the Driver
I do the same configuration for Printer#2 and Printer#3
So I believe I create a Print Server
To access the Printers (Printer#1, Printer#2 and Printer#3), a user just Map it to the print server with this direction: \\BOBA\printer#1, etc
1) Why do we need the Print Server?
• Is it just to make easy by just mapping like this \\BOBA\Printer#1?
• Please provide your opinion
2) What about we just get rid off the Print Server? Any computers in the network just do like this: Control Panel>Printer>Add “Local Printer”>Give the IP address of Printer#1 (or Printer#2 or Printer#3)> Browse the “Brand of the Printer”> Get “The Driver for it”
• By Doing this, Will I create more BURDEN to the network (compared with the existence of a Print Server)? (I believe NO).Your opinion is greatly appreciated please