Installation of the Print Services role
We start in Server Manager, go to the upper right-hand corner, select "Manage", then "Add Roles and Features".
We click "Next", as needed, to reach the following screen where we select the "Role-based (etc.)" option:
Server Manager allows us to manage any server that we add to the group so I'll select the server that will play the Print Server role: SVR-004:
I select the "Print and Document Services" role:
I'll make sure I select the Management Tools as well:
For this exercise, I'll only select "Print Server" among the four role services presented:
The following screen summarizes my choices. Restarting the server was not necessary.
The installation of the role begins and...
If we open the Print Management console on SVR-004, we have something like this:
This is where we will configure print services in the sections that follow.
Adding a printer to the print server
Before we can offer print services to the end-user, we need to add a printer to the server and then make it available to the users by sharing it.
We accomplish this by proceeding as follows:
So I'll add a "TCP/IP printer" by IP address:
Here is where, if necessary, we could select the driver from "Disk" (or other media) or search for a driver (perhaps updated) on Windows Update:
After reviewing the settings (screen not shown), I can click "Next". If all goes well, I should see this:
So we have completed two fundamental steps in the implementation of a Print Services solution:
1. Install the Print (and Document) Services role on a server.
2. Add and configure a printer to which users will connect for their printing needs.
The options for connecting to that printer will be the subject of my next post.