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1.  Introduction to Printing in the Oracle Solaris Operating System

2.  Planning for Printing (Tasks)

Determining a Method to Use for Printer Setup and Administration

Selecting Printing Tools and Services

Planning for Printer Setup and Administration

Distributing Printers on the Network

Printer Configuration Resources

Printing Support in the Naming Service Switch

Adding Printer Information to a Naming Service

LDAP Print Support Guidelines

How the Printing Software Locates Printers

Assigning Print Servers and Print Clients

Print Server Requirements and Recommendations

Spooling Space

Disk Space

Memory Requirements

Swap Space

Hard Disk

3.  Setting Up Network Printing Services (Tasks)

4.  Setting Up and Administering Printers by Using Solaris Print Manager (Tasks)

5.  Setting Up Printers by Using LP Print Commands (Tasks)

6.  Administering Printers by Using LP Print Commands (Tasks)

7.  Customizing LP Printing Services and Printers (Tasks)

8.  Administering the LP Print Scheduler and Managing Print Requests (Tasks)

9.  Administering Printers on a Network (Tasks)

10.  Administering Character Sets, Filters, Forms, and Fonts (Tasks)

11.  Administering Printers by Using the PPD File Management Utility (Tasks)

12.  Printing in the Oracle Solaris Operating System (Reference)

13.  Troubleshooting Printing Problems in the Oracle Solaris OS (Tasks)

A.  Using the Internet Printing Protocol



Distributing Printers on the Network

The goal of setting up printers on a network is to give users access to one or more printers. As an administrator, you must determine whether each printer would be best used if it is dedicated to one system or available to many systems. In a network environment, distribute your printers on several print servers. The advantage of setting up several print servers is that when one print server has a problem, you can route print requests to other print servers.

If you use a centralized print configuration, you can still connect printers to user systems for convenience or for improved response. A printer that is connected to a user system is still available to other systems on the network.

The following figure shows an example of how you can have a centralized print configuration and still connect printers to users' systems.

Figure 2-1 How to Distribute Printers on a Network

Figure that shows a network with print clients, remote printers connected to a print server, and a printer locally-connected to a print client.