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
Configuring a printer pool is a relatively easy process. Follow
- 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.
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.)
you’ve finished setting the options, click OK.
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