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  • Single Print server printers limits and IPP over NLB

    Hi All

    I would like to ask you if you know any Microsoft suggestion or recommendation regarding maxmimum number of shared printers that can be configured on a single non-clustered server regardless of hardware, in a high print usage environment (let's suppose 800 users that continously prints relatively small documents of 5 to 10 pages, PDF, DOCs etc) . Do you know if
    there is some document that reports about best practice in sizing print servers?

    Another point: have you ever heard about large environments using IPP ? For example, what do you think about an environment that implements a 2-Nodes-NLB to load balance 2 print servers with 400 printers mapped by users via Internet Printing Protocol? Would it be a feasible solution? Does IPP scale for a such size? Does NLB work fine with IPP-IIS-WebSite or is this a particular use that may lead to performance problems?

    TIA
    L&M
    Luke and Max Hit the Road

  • #2
    Re: Single Print server printers limits and IPP over NLB

    Usually Win 2003 support up to 50 printers without a problem. In case of 400 printers I would move the printers to network printerm mode & consider using hardware print server or setup each computer to print directlly to the network printer.
    I never see NLB & Print server in action so you will need to check this issue.


    http://www.only4gurus.com/v3/download.asp?resource=3988

    http://www.only4gurus.com/v3/sitemap...ver_2003.shtml

    Also, I recommanded to you to move to Windows 2003 R2:

    Printer Management Console (PMC)

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...e/default.mspx

    Regards,

    Yuval
    Best Regards,

    Yuval Sinay

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yuval14, Blog: http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/yuval14

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    • #3
      Re: Single Print server printers limits and IPP over NLB

      >Usually Win 2003 support up to 50 printers without a problem

      Is there any official document from Microsoft that confirm this value of 50 printers?
      Thanks
      Luke and Max Hit the Road

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      • #4
        Re: Single Print server printers limits and IPP over NLB

        TThere a nice manual on "Windows Print Server Scalability and Sizing":

        http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...tservscal.mspx

        But think on few scenarios:


        1. You need to restart printer spooler - This will stop all the printers from
        printing during this time.

        2. Perfomace - Do you have good server hardware that can be support 400
        printer? (A Dedicated server)

        3. Is all the printers drivers sign by Microsoft? If the answer is no, printing
        problems may occur more often. This might stop most of print server
        function.

        4. User locations - Most of the companies use VLAN etc. There no logic to
        send printer job from one side of the company (or even from one office to
        another) to the other side. This will drop the network perfomance &
        slow the printing.

        5. Maintenance, hardware/software problem will terminate all the print service
        in the company. The failover server will need to have the same hardware/
        settings so

        6. http://support.microsoft.com/default...insvr2003flprt


        Conclusion - For most of the SMB customers it may be useful to distribute
        the printer load.

        Regards,

        Yuval
        Best Regards,

        Yuval Sinay

        LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yuval14, Blog: http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/yuval14

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