One basic network service is network printing, in which multiple users can share the same printer. This is a cost-effective solution when you have multiple employees in different locations.

As an administrator, you can install two types of printers: local and network. Today, most local printers are connected using USB ports, although some legacy printers may use parallel or serial ports. Network printers can be shared local printers or printers that connect directly to a network with built-in network cards or expandable jet-direct cards.

When you install a physical printer, which Microsoft refers to as a print device, you must first connect the printer and turn it on. Next, you need to create a logical printer (Microsoft refers to this as the printer), which will provide a software interface between the print device and the applications. When you create the printer, you also load a print driver that acts as a translator for Windows and the programs running on Windows so that they do not have to worry about the specifics of the printer’s hardware and printer language.

When you print a document in Windows, the printer uses the logical printer and printer driver to format the document into a #form that is understood by the printer, including rendering it into a printer language such as HP’s Printer Control Language or Adobe’s Postscript to create an enhanced metafile (EMF). The print job is then sent to the local spooler, which provides background printing, allowing you to print and queue additional documents while your first document is being printed.

If a print job is being sent to the local print device, it will temporarily save it to the local hard drive’s spool file. When the printer is available, it will then send the print job to the local print device. If Windows determines that the job is for a network print device, Windows sends the job to the print server’s spooler. The print server’s spooler will save it to the print server’s hard drive spool file. Then, when the network print device becomes available, the job will print on the network print device.

Installing Printers

Steps for Installing Printers For installing Printers you can use the Add Printer Wizard from Control Panel, if you have the ...
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Looking at Printer Properties

With most printers, you have a wide range of options. Although these options vary from printer to printer, they are ...
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Setting Printer Permissions

Setting printer permissions are similar to setting permissions for files and folders because printers are considered objects. Therefore, as with ...
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Managing Print Jobs

The print spooler is an executable file that plays an important part in managing print jobs, which includes retrieving the ...
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Configuring Internet Printing

Configuring Internet Printing requires to enable Internet Printing on a computer running Windows Server 2008, you just need to install ...
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This lesson is a part of File and Print Services chapter from 98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Prep course. More lessons in this chapter are

Introducing NTFS

NTFS is the preferred file system in part because it supports much larger hard disks and a higher level of ...
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Sharing Drives and Folders

Sharing drives and folders is a common practice as most users are not going to log onto a server directly ...
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Looking at Printers

One basic network service is network printing, in which multiple users can share the same printer. This is a cost-effective ...
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Enabling Auditing

Security can be divided into three areas. Authentication is used to prove the identity of a user. Authorization gives access ...
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The Practice tests included in this course are:

98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 1

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98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 2

Instructions for 98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 2 This page shows the instructions for 98-365 Windows Server Administration ...
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98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 5

Instructions for 98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 5 This page shows the instructions for 98-365 Windows Server Administration ...
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98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 4

Instructions for 98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 4 This page shows the instructions for 98-365 Windows Server Administration ...
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98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 3

Instructions for 98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 3 This page shows the instructions for 98-365 Windows Server Administration ...
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