Posted by Andrew Miller
You’ve come to a crossroads. It’s time to upgrade part or all of your print architecture, and you need to decide whether to migrate your print server—maybe using something along the lines of a print server migration wizard or a file and print server migration tool—or take the bold step of eliminating your print server altogether.
Let me be the first to reassure you: Eliminating print servers from your print environment isn’t as scary as you might think. In light of all the things that can possibly go wrong when you migrate your print server, not to mention all the hassle it involves (even when using something supposedly “automated” like a print server migration wizard), print server elimination starts to look like the simpler and quicker of the two options. When you factor in the long-term time and cost savings of elimination on top of that, it’s a wonder that anyone would consider migration in the first place.
At PrinterLogic, our print management solution has garnered a reputation for eliminating print servers from environments that never thought they could function without them. Many of our customers were in the same boat as you at the start: Migrate our print server or eliminate it? And many of them were amazed to find that they could not only eliminate them outright, but that PrinterLogic could be deployed in as little as a day or two, even in large distributed organizations.
Before you drop tens of thousands of dollars on new servers and licensing, then fire up the file and print server migration tool and prepare for the long, arduous process of transferring all the existing settings, drivers, profiles, and so on from the old hardware to the new, consider what PrinterLogic adds to your print environment—and what it takes away.
What it brings:
What it takes away:
And that’s only a tiny sampling of PrinterLogic’s benefits. So put the print server migration wizard away for good, forget about trying to migrate your print server, and implement PrinterLogic instead. It will import all your current printers, drivers, and profiles more reliably and efficiently than any migration tool, and in the end you’ll be free of print servers too.