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Chapter 3: File, Print, and User Services
spooler cache. A cracker who penetrates the Windows Internet printer server could
access the printer’s memory and make off with copies of sensitive documents.
The bottom line is that this feature just isn’t safe and isn’t practical in today’s hostile
Internet environment. I strongly recommend against using this feature. Standard
printing services are flexible enough for most of your needs, and if you really need to
print over the Internet, do it to a Kinko’s printer and have them deliver the job to
Setting Up Print Sharing
To configure a print server, use the Manage Your Server Wizard. Click Add or
Remove a Role, and on the Server Role page, select Print Server and click Next. Then
follow these steps:
1. Select the appropriate versions of operating systems that are running on client
workstations on your network, and then click Next.
2. The wizard will summarize the choice you just made, in a ridiculously repetitive
manner. Click Next to continue.
3. The Add Printer Wizard is started. Here, you’ll actually add the printer drivers to
your system. If your printer supports Plug and Play, click Cancel on this wiz-
ard—your printer and Windows will communicate without you having to go
through the wizard.
4. On the Local or Network Printer page, choose whether to send print jobs
directly to the printer, or to a secondary print server on another machine. If you
want to send print jobs directly to a printer connected to the machine on which
the wizard is running, or to a printer with its own network adapter, choose Local
Printer. Otherwise, choose Network. Click Next when you’re finished.
5. If the wizard can’t detect a Plug-and-Play printer, the New Printer Detection
screen will appear. Choose the printer port (most likely it’s LPT1 for a directly
connected printer). If you have a printer with its own network adapter, click the
Create a New Port button, and follow the instructions that came with your
printer. This commonly involves setting up a standard TCP/IP port and specify-
ing the printer’s IP address as the destination for print jobs. Click Next to
6. If you selected a network printer or a printer attached to another computer, the
Specify a Printer page appears. You can browse for a shared printer, type in the
explicit pathname to the shared printer (e.g.,
\\printsrv\flr1-printer), or con-
nect using TCP/IP to the remote printer. It’s important to note that by selecting a
network printer in this wizard, the print server role will not be fully installed on
your server—you must have a local printer attached to be an official Windows
print server. To proceed, enter the appropriate information where requested, and