Printer Pooling

Printer pools are used to associate multiple physical print devices with a single logical printer, as illustrated in Figure 7.8. You would use a printer pool if you had multiple physical printers in the same location that were the same type and could use a single print driver. The advantage of using a printer pool is that the first available print device will print your job. This is useful in situations where there is a group of print devices shared by a group of users, such as a secretarial pool.

FIGURE 7.8 Printer pooling

FIGURE 7.8 Printer pooling

Printer Pooling

To configure a printer pool, click the Enable Printer Pooling checkbox at the bottom of the Ports tab and then check all of the ports that the print devices in the printer pool will attach to. If you do not select the Enable Printer Pooling option, you can select only one port per printer.

All of the print devices within a printer pool must be able to use the same print driver.

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