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Printing Infrastructure

Updated: January 8, 2008

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

This is preliminary documentation and subject to change.

The printing infrastructure for a print server enables local and remote users to print to the server and to manage printers and all aspects of printing.

Hierarchy of Managed Entities

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Managed Entities

Name Description

Print Queue

A print queue is a representation of a print device (physical printer) in Microsoft Windows. Opening a print queue displays active print jobs and their status.

Print Spooler Service

Each print server has a single print spooler service, which manages all the print jobs and print queues on that server.

Print Server Failover Cluster

A cluster is a group of independent computers that work together to increase the availability of print services or other services. If one of the clustered servers fails, another server begins to provide service, a process known as failover.

Printer Driver

To print to a physical print device (a printer), each print queue requires a printer driver.

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