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By Iphicles ·
1. 12 printers attached via jetlans to switch
2. spool folder located on larger, NTFS partition
3. on PDC/DHCP server machine (NT 4.0 128 MB RAM)
Problem:
when send large/small jobs to printers, spooling sometimes takes forever for other printers. thought it correlected with large print jobs, but sometimes it happens with small jobs. Not specific to any particular printer.

Help!

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by spiceman In reply to NT Printing

Sounds like you have so little RAM for a print server. You need to a least treble the memory as spooling is memory intensive.

Alternatively have printers Qs which are for off peak jobs and users should send their big non urgent jobs only to thoseprinters and then they would kick off early in the evening for example.

Ensure you also a lot of virtual memory using hard disk - if hard disk space is limited your spooling will come to a crawl at certain times.

good luck

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by Dennis@l In reply to NT Printing

I had the same problem with just 2 printers. Eventually I uninstalled Jetdirect and changed over to NT LPR using TCP/IP. Works fine for me.

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by JoeTech3 In reply to NT Printing

I would set up a separate print server. You are overloading the one you have.

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by tgotschall In reply to NT Printing

Probably need more RAM but use Performance monitor to check you RAM usage as well as CPU utilization during printing operations. Another thing that could affect printing although less likely is network utilization. You can track that in performance monitor as well. If you have all your clients and printers on a shared network it could be a problem. A switch would help in that scenario.

I have over a dozen printers on a server with 256MB RAM using Jetdirect and everything owrks fine.

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