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Windows Server 2003 in a Nutshell by Mitch Tulloch

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Printing—Concepts

Synopsis

Printing terminology in Microsoft Windows can be confusing for users familiar with other operating-system platforms:

Printer

Not a printer in the usual sense, but instead a software interface on the client machine that manages the printing process. This is sometimes called a logical printer but is usually just referred to as a printer. A printer must first be created on a client machine for that machine to be able to print documents. Printers are also used to configure print devices by specifying things like print schedule, job priority, who to notify when the job is done, which paper tray to use, which print quality to use, and so on.

Print device

A piece of hardware that generates printed documents; in common parlance, this is called a printer.

Print server

The computer that is actually responsible for managing the print device. The print server receives print jobs from the client machines, formats them accordingly, and passes them to the print device to generate printed output. You need a print server in order for client computers to use a printer over the network.

Printer driver

Software installed on the print server that processes jobs received from client computers and turns them into a series of printer commands, which can be understood by the particular type of print device being used.

Print queue

Software utility used to view print jobs waiting to be printed by a particular print device.

Local Versus Network Printers

WS2003 supports the same two kinds ...

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