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There are a few reasons, none of which may be especially compelling at your size, but they are important to larger organizations. Driver version control. Since your clients will automatically download the proper driver from the print server, you can be sure that your organization is standardized on a "good" version of whatever drivers you use. There were a ...


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Setup printers and use the FILE port. When you print you will be prompted to save a file somewhere.


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You don't really need a print server in your situation, given the small number of printers you've described. You've justified it yourself. Nobody is forcing you to use one :) But in general, people use print servers to streamline client deployment, offer central management and to ease print driver maintenance. It's all about scale.


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Generally speaking, print servers are an act of kindness to those who manage your desktops. Printers can be mapped through group policy and/or added script-o-matically. You could pay someone to lay hands on 50 computers any time there's a change, but why? Edit--What MDMarra said about driver versions. I've seen drivers crash Word, for example. You can ...


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Put the printer on a third VLAN and ensure that both user VLANs have access to it via the router.


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There's plenty of things that can simulate printers. You can always make a printer attached to LPT1 on a server and share it out. You could install software like Adobe Acrobat or other PDF "printer" software, assuming you can find one that allows itself to be shared.


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OK I managed to get this working. For Vista there is a Group Policy setting (more info here): User Configuration/Policies/Admin Templates/Control Panel/Printers Configuring the "Point and Print Restrictions" policy setting to "Disabled" will allow for silent printer driver installation, and thus allow the printer to be mapped successfully. After ...


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Powershell management of Group Policy sucks w/o third-party (commercial) products, in my opinion. I think you're stuck slinging through the XML (or in HTML if you prefer) in Group Policy Objects to do what you're looking for. Fortunately the XML doesn't look that terrifying. The per-printer UID value (which I believe is what @KatherineVillyard is referring ...


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I googled pretty hard, and even toyed with backup-GPO in hopes of being able to hack the resultant XML file and reimport it, but I suspect that a PowerShell script is in your future. It's not that bad. You can generate the printer list from the nearest server and then loop through that and map them. Something like this: $net = New-Object -COMObject ...


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This is not true at all...64 bit servers will hand our 32 bit drivers as long as you install them. From printer properties, go to sharing, and add the 32 bit drivers from there. I've ran into a small problem with 2008 R2 machines when loading some 32 bit drivers because it doesn't have the ntprint dlls. You can grab these from a 32 bit Windows 7 install and ...


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a printer is a "logical" construct and does not have to correspond to a real physical device. You can add, share and publish printers to the directory without having real physical printers. Select LPT1 or File as the port when creating them.


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All of the above are good suggestions, but If it were me, I would ask windows to create a new local port and set it to something like d:\temp\print.out and make sure there's a scheduled task to clean it out periodically. Setting a printer to print to the file port results in a dialogue box asking where the print should be saved, which doesn't happen when you ...


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Create print queues on a central server, then use configuration management tools to deploy them to all of your clients. For Windows, you'll use Group Policy Preferences, most likely. For OS X, you can use WGM if you run Open Directory, or you can push it out with any number of tools like JAMF Casper, ARD, radmind, or even Puppet. It all depends on whatever ...


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Another advantage of sharing the printer(s) on the print server is printer discovery. If you publish the printer in AD it makes it fairly easy for a user to discover and add the printer. Also, this is my opinion but it's based on my experience in larger corporate environments: I think you'll find that sharing printers from a print server (or print servers) ...


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Not in my experience no.


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Well this is fairly odd-I thought that information was exposed via SNMP. However a quick snmpwalk of one of our P4515s revealed only the number of pages printed with the currently installed fuser. To look at all the info exposed via snmp I did the following: snmpwalk -Cc -v 1 -c public ipaddress If the OID for the printed pages on the currently installed ...


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Have you tried converting the gif to a postscript file? If you have imagemagick you can use: convert 1ZY437560399620027.gif 1ZY437560399620027.ps and print that? You can also use print to file in gimp or others. I'm assuming the issue is that lpr is going through a helper application that is creating the margins you have a problem with.


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Do you have an AD domain? If so you can add a Domain Printer through group policy, and set it up on each machine with a logon script (also configured through group policy). This tutorial (Specifically: Part 2 of it) should get you started. Windows Help should fill in the blanks from there.


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This is a well known phenomenon with migrating to a 64 bit OS. There have been a lot of institutions which have been forced to upgrade to new printers and scanners, etc. There is one kind of third party solution available that may be of interest. ThinPrint and a couple other vendors have paid products available that can be used as an intermediary driver ...


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Is one or more of your DC's also a print server? If so, that's why. When you connect to the Domain namespace via UNC path you're going to be connecting to one of your DC's and you'll see whatever resources that DC has shared (SYSVOL and NETLOGON shares, etc). So if your DC's are also print servers (sharing printers) then you'll see those shared printers ...


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The Add Printer dialog you are using only shows printers that have been shared by computers on the network. The Dell printer is shared from a computer with a hostname of 'SHIPSTATION'. First of all, I'd give the new Xerox printer a static IP (or static DHCP lease), and maybe create a DNS entry for the printer to save you having to remember the IP address, ...


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So I'm gonna break the bad news for you. It sounds like there is no support for that printer on 2008R2. I had a similar issue in the past with 32 bit print drivers for XP on a 2008R2 print server, and the solution in the long run was to upgrade all the clients to Win7. The fact that there's no Win7 driver for the printer makes me believe that there is no ...


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I'm afraid there is no "Off"-switch for WSD specifically for Printer discovery in Windows Server As an alternative to disabling the "Function Discovery Provider Host" service, you could change the following outbound rules' Action to Deny, in the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security: This will specifically block WSD and WSDAPI discovery events If ...


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Others may correct me, but I've been told good practice is to have a print server (Windows server) set up with the printer then that computer, in turn, shares it out to Active Directory. That way it also acts as a repo for the Windows drivers for the clients to download when connecting. You just add the network printer as a "local printer" using a ...


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You've answered this yourself with your CUPS server accepting everything as PostScript. Each printer has different features, capabilities and support which is why different printers require different drivers. Remember, Postscript and PCL aren't mandatory. It's easily circumvented when discussing text and a simple B&W laser printer, but take it to the ...


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I was looking for a solution to this same problem and found that the "uNCName" property of the printqueue object in AD simply needs to be changed from \\servername.domain.com\printerName to \\alias.domain.com\printerName. Scripts to accomplish this are available here: http://jthiede.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/list-a-printer-in-active-directory-using-a-cname/. ...


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Stop routing with the router that you're using as an AP. That's the simplest way.


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You need to add "DNS on the Wire" on the print server. reg add HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print /v DnsOnWire /t REG_DWORD /d 1 Reference: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverprint/thread/00eeb192-d03a-4d1b-9066-427fc678ae97


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This depends a lot on which OS you are using. If you use a windows file server and windows clients, then you can set up the all the printers on the file server (essentially extending it to a print server). Install all printers with the driver for your server. Set the printers to shared. Optionally fill in extra fields (e.g. office, or as description ...


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Epson does have 32 bit drivers for this model available for download. Download, install, problem solved. (Use the following procedure to add the drivers for your 32 bit clients.)



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