System Administration Guide: Printing

Using Print Servers

The print server is a system that has a local printer connected to it and makes the printer available to other systems on the network. The following figure highlights the part of the print process in which the print server sends the print request to the printer.

Figure 1–1 The Print Server Sends a Print Request to the Printer

Figure that shows a
print server sending a print request in 5 steps. See the following description
of these 5 steps.

  1. The print client submits a print request.

  2. The print request is processed on the print client.

  3. The print request goes to the print server.

  4. The print request goes to the printer.

  5. The print output is produced on the printer.