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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Creating Printer Pools

A printer pool is useful for handling a large volume of printing at a single location, particularly with a mix of large and small documents. For example, someone with a single-page memo probably won’t be happy to be stuck in the queue behind a print job that is the corporate equivalent of War and Peace.

If multiple printers share a single driver, you can add them to a printer pool, which then appears to users as a single printer. The advantage of using a printer pool is that clients simply print to the single logical printer on the print server, which then sends the print job to the first available printer. If one printer in a printer pool goes offline, Windows sends the print jobs to the other printers in the printer pool, ...

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