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Client-Server Connection

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 with SP1

Windows clients typically connect to a print server through a remote procedure call (RPC) or SMB service. RPC connections are the preferred connection type, as they support the enhanced Point-and-Print features. SMB connections are associated primarily with Windows 98 and earlier systems. It is also possible to connect from Microsoft Windows NT®–based clients by creating a local printer port that is redirected to the printer share on a Windows print server. HTTP offers another possible connection type from a client to a server. Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 implement version 1.0 of the Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) standard. This protocol allows a client to view printers and their status as well as connect to shared printers and submit jobs using the HTTP print provider.

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