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Printer Connectivity Technical Overview

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 with SP1

Network printing connectivity has a substantial impact on the performance and scalability of Microsoft® Windows® print servers in two main areas. The first of these are the options available for connecting client workstations to a print server. The second area of impact is the printer port type used to de-spool print jobs from the server to the print device. This paper provides a technical examination of network and local printer ports types available to Windows Server 2003, and the value of Standard Port Monitor to a high performance print serving environment.

In This White Paper

Client-Server Connection

Printer Port Selection

Network Printer Ports

Local Printer Ports

Internet Printing Protocol (IPP)

Summary of Printer Connectivity Technical Overview

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