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We currently run a Windows 2008 print cluster which host over 700+ printers. We need to upgrade our servers and found our the Windows 2012 Failover cluster no longer supports the clustering of the Print Spooler.

I am trying to look at options.

Does Linux list RedHat Enterprise support printer server clusters?  If so how are would it be to move from a Windows print cluster to Linux?
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Do you have people printing 24x7 ? You can live with single print server.
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Yes we are are 24/7 operation.

Right now we split our Window 2008 print cluster into two resource groups so each node host half the number of printer. This way one node could fail over to the other if need be
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But why you need CLUSTER?
If you "failover" half of printers clients disconnect and choke anyway....

You can easily get away with IPP (two hosts in pool with DNS load balancing)
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I never thought of that!!!

 I wonder if I could set this up in Windows 2012 and place the printer server running IIS behind a hardware load balancer
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You dont need load balancer, even less hardware one (it is single point of failure you know)

If you have two IPs for same name in DNS - http client will take care to retry on next if one is down (subject to 15-30s wait - but test it, some just choke on error on single server in pool)

Can you survive loss of spool files on one print server? Or you need some shared storage for spool (or at least a trigger for alive server to catch up where other left)
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We already have a hardware load balancer in-place
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So make another use of it...
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Thank you for your great input!!!
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