Can email storage cause networked printer problems?

By stepsimon ·
We have an offsite email server. We are able to track what percentage of our allotted disk space we have used. Is there anyway that allowing that percentage to raise above fifty percent or more could effect our networked printers? Specifically could it cause slow spooling or loss of data?


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Not likely

by robo_dev In reply to Can email storage cause n ...

The operation of your network printers has no dependency on the mail server whatsoever.

Print spooling for networked printers either happens in the local workstation (in the case of a stand-alone network printer) or in the local file/print server where the printer is configured.

If your networked printers and print queues were somehow defined on the remote mail server, they would not work properly at all, since the heavy volume of print traffic would have to traverse the WAN link twice....both from the local workstation to the server and then back from the print server to the print device..... the disk utilization would be the least of your worries as the network would be slow and unreliable at best.

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by stepsimon In reply to Not likely

Thanks again robo_dev. This is what I thought. But, I'm all alone here in networking and my boss insists our remote email somehow effects the printer spooling.

I think I need to just let her think that and go ahead and do my job, because insisting it isn't so hasn't made any difference. Let it go, is sometimes the best policy.

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Ah yes, the boss is always right

by robo_dev In reply to Can email storage cause n ...

I would suggest that you do something to improve print spooling times, like making sure unused protocols are disabled, adding RAM to the printer if needed, or adding a printer so ALL her print jobs go to one newer and faster then look like an immortal.

The only possible way that she is right is if somehow the email traffic is really hosing the network performance, and therefore slowing the print performance.

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