Enabling Branch Office Direct Printing
Prior to Windows Server 2012, for clients to print, they would send all print traffic to the print server, which then sent the data to the appropriate printer. In main office environments, or environments with local print servers, this worked well since the print server was readily accessible to the clients and printers via high speed connections.
However, this model caused problems in branch offices, which traditionally utilized slower WAN links to the main office. When printing, the client would often send a print job to the print server at the main office, which would then process and send the job to the printer back at the branch office.
To resolve the bandwidth issues in branch offices, many solutions ...