Print services have come a long way from the early incarnations of DOS and Unix. Each new release of Microsoft’s operating systems has improved on printing in one way or another, and Windows 2000 is no exception. Setting up and using a printer is easy in most situations. But there are a few special problems you might run across with some of the new printing features in Windows 2000, as well as tried-and-true features.
For example, Windows 2000 supports the Internet Printing Protocol, or IPP, which enables clients to print across the Internet or an intranet using TCP/IP and HTTP. Clients can browse and manage remote printers through a web browser. Although Windows 2000 Server automatically configures the computer to share its printer(s) via IPP, Windows 2000 Professional does not. You’ll find quick steps in this chapter to make your Windows 2000 Professional computer an IPP server.
Juggling printer configurations for different paper trays or other settings is another source of frustration for many people. But, you don’t need to reconfigure a printer each time you need different settings. Instead, you can use multiple printer instances and configure each one with the required settings, then just pick it from the printer list when you need that particular configuration. This chapter explains how.
You’ll also find solutions in this chapter to problems with printer security, managing documents and the print queue, and separating print jobs from one another.