So ya wanna control all your printers?

On August 29, 2006, in Tools, by

So here you are an IT admin and you want to control all your printers in one place…. so how do you do that remotely?

Well one way if you have a member server is to upgrade it to the R2 platform.  There is a Print Management console that you can then control not only network attached printers but any locally attached printer as well. 

To get this, you need to install the Windows 2003 R2 on a member server (it can’t go on the SBS box) and then add the Print server role to that server.  Then you can manually add all the print servers you want….and in this case “print servers” can also mean local printers on workstations.  You can even print test pages remotely… this could be fun as I freak out folks at the office….

(just a reminder…this is not in SBS 2003 R2.. it only goes on normal R2 servers)


2 Responses to So ya wanna control all your printers?

  1. Amy says:

    Was this one of the unnessary things to include in SBS R2? Or were the gods kind to us and included this R2 bit in SBS R2?

  2. The Print Management MMC snap-in is nice, but you _can_ do virtually everything that you can do with it w/ all Windows NT versions since 4.0. If you’re not in a position to be able to put a member W2K3R2 server computer on a LAN and you’re impressed by the features of the Print Management snap-in, you owe it to yourself to spend some time getting familiar with the existing print management tools.