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Chapter 18. Windows Server 2008 R2 Admin... > Managing Printers with the Print Man...

Managing Printers with the Print Management Console

The Print Management console in Windows Server 2008 R2 helps organizations better manage and administer printers on an enterprise basis. Prior to the Print Management console, a network administrator would have to point to each network printer or printer server individually to manage and administer the device. For a large enterprise with hundreds of printers and dozens of printer servers, this was a very tedious task to select print servers each and every time a printer needed to be managed. Furthermore, if the administrator didn’t remember which printer was attached to which print server, it could take a while to eventually find the printer and print server that needed management.

The Print Management console provides a single interface where an administrator can open the Print Management console, and view all printers and print servers in the enterprise. Furthermore, it could be configured to group printers together so that certain administrators could manage and administer only certain printers. As an example, if an organization has an administrator for a particular building, the Print Management interface could be filtered to only list printers within the building. This would allow the administrator to only see certain printers they are responsible for, as well as consolidate multiple print server groups of printers into a single interface for management and administration.


  

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