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Linux Centos Server

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We have an old Centos server that has archived reports on it. At the moment this server has not been updated in years and it's on the network and it shows up on my network scans

I would like to remove the server from the network and use it as a stand-alone server  and hook a copier to the server so that we can print off it

Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Louis LIETAERSystem Infrastructure Architect
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What physical connections are available between server and copier ?

You could keep old server on the network by implementing iptables (firewall) and only allow communication to copier IP.


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You're not giving out enough information for any meaningful help.

Easiest thing to do is just back up what you may need (just in case) and archive it somewhere.  Then wipe it, install a new current OS, and you're good to go.

Obviously you have some other concern, but you're not sharing what that might be.
David FavorFractional CTO
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You asked, "Does anyone have any suggestions?"

Seems you have several possible solutions.

1) If the only purpose truly is providing archived reports, just move the reports to an updated server.

2) Update the server. Again, per #1, if this machine is only archiving reports, then an update should have no effect.

3) Or as you suggested, just disconnect the machine from the net, then have someone walk to the console to print out an archived report.

As Kaffiend said, "You're not giving out enough information for any meaningful help."

I tend to agree with Kaffiend, because the above 3x options seem self evident, so likely you've already considered + rejected each option...

So provide the missing information required to make a choice.

For example, first question will be for you you to define what "archived reports" might mean - .pdf files, a database with SQL code to generate reports, static text files. This is the starting point for people to provide you with highly useful input.

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nothing is missing- I am going to remove the server from the network  and use it as a stand-alone

The employee will logon to the server and run the software program to generate a report


I would like to set up a printer on the server so that should a  report be needed  they can be printed by someone walking up to the server and  logging in

what is needed to set up a printer on a CentOS Server

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I want to connect the printer directly to the server- I want to make this as simple as possible

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Sorry my reading/comprehension skills are a little lacking : )

Simplest would be to get a USB-connected printer.  If the server has not been updated for some time, choose one of the older models from a list such as this:
https://haydenjames.io/finding-linux-compatible-printers/

No guarantees (depending on which printer you get) but chances are, it would be automatically recognised and would just work

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remove it from the network, meaning it is currently part of a network, LDAP, AD, NIS, etc.
Presumably not disconnect from the physical network....

What kind of printer copier do you intend to connect to the centos box.
Very old means centos 4, 5 6?
CUPS might be one option to interface to the printer
David FavorFractional CTO
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There still seems to be something missing, or the answer is simply to disconnect the Ethernet cable (or turn off WiFi) on your machine.

This will disconnect it from the Internet.

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I am asking about connecting a printer to the server so that the users can print reports

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I have some HP laserjet 2055dn  printers that I was hoping  to use
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.centos version, more /etc/release-redhat

How are you connecting the printer via USB or it is connected to the network, having an IP

Cups is a way. How are users accessing the documents and triggering the printing?

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I am unsure-  I was thinking of connecting a Windows PC  to the Centos server. The Windows PC would have the software program loaded on it  that allows  the user to access the reports




The printer could be connected to the Pc or server using a USB cable.

I just do not want the server on the network.

The connection to the reports is the issue since the users now connect to the reports on the Linux server using a software program( windows based) created by the reporting company

This program allows them to connect to the Linux server on a Windows PC to query a report.

The  company who supported this software is no longer in business
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I believe you've not thought things through.
How would a Windows system access the data in the centos system when it is not connected to the network?
Depending where these reports are. If this centos box is old, best way is to backup the reports to another location.
Presumably you have backups of this data.

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could you not connect them with a cross over ethernet cable?

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assign each an ip address and subnet without a gateway?

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the program on  the Windows Pc will allow you to access the data on the Linux server

Not sure if this is thought out or not?
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You need CUPS + HPLIP to get a usefull functioning printer connection. (supporting all stuff on the printer).
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