Print servers can be complex beasts. Just ask anyone who’s spent time as an admin in a medium- or large-sized organization. Designed to make group printing easier, print servers have nevertheless managed to earn a (well-deserved) reputation for being difficult and resource-demanding. And that applies even to recent releases like Windows Print Server 2012 R2.
Things can be equally challenging when it comes to formulating best practices for print servers. There are hundreds of different possible implementations for a print-server-based infrastructure as well as different print server releases—anything from legacy server software up to and including Windows Print Server 2012 R2. This introduces a huge number of variables into the mix and makes one-size-fits-all solutions difficult. But not impossible, as we’ll see.
To begin with, let’s narrow our focus to Windows Print Server 2012 R2 and fairly common server implementations. Then we can consider three important best practices:
Of course, because of those real-world variables, not all environments that rely on Windows Print Server 2012 R2 will be able to put these best practices into effect. For a true one-size-fits-all print management solution, there’s PrinterLogic. Our next-generation print management software is powerful and versatile enough to eliminate print servers completely—along with their attendant costs, limitations and headache—while delivering greater functionality, cost-effectiveness and centralized management.
With PrinterLogic, you don’t have to worry about limiting the number of connected clients because our solution is infinitely scalable with no hit to performance. It’s also far more robust toward driver incompatibilities and is capable of handling large driver repositories with ease or giving you powerful, flexible universal driver options to help streamline your printing environment further. So when you’re looking for best practices when dealing with Windows Print Server 2012 R2, there’s really only one to keep in mind: Implement PrinterLogic for smart, stable enterprise printing and be done with your print servers forever.