Printer pooling enables Windows 2000 Server to manage multiple printers with a single print driver instance. This feature allows network administrators to configure and manage several printers as one, a process that can simplify printer administration.
In addition, printer pooling provides some load-balancing. That's because Windows 2000 Server directs print jobs to the connected printers based on jobs pending at each printer.
A printer pool contains multiple printers, all configured as a single printer instance. All printers in a printer pool must be the same type of printer and use the same printer driver.
The printer pool can include network printers as well as local printers. You can use a workstation to handle print server tasks, rather than the server, while still maintaining the pool on that server for administrative purposes.
Configuring a printer pool is a relatively easy process. Follow these steps:
- Set up the printers, and connect them to their respective ports. (In the case of network printers, connect them to their host computers.)
- On the computer that will house the printer pool, open the Printers folder, and install the driver for the printer.
- Right-click the printer, and select Properties.
- On the Ports tab, select the Enable Printer Pooling check box.
- In the Ports list, select each port you want to use to connect a printer for the pool. (If you need to add one or more network ports for shared printers across the network, click Add Port.)
- When you've finished setting the options, click OK.
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