Multi-site Print Cluster
- From: Tim <crosby.tim@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 13:54:51 -0700 (PDT)
I was hoping someone could provide some guidance on a project. I have
been asked to setup a print server solution for multiple sites. Sites
have a fiber connection so bandwidth is not an issue. Each site has
an HP EVA 8000 series SAN so I was considering setting this up as a
traditional failover cluster with one node located at each site. Then
I started reading about the potential pitfalls of setting up
geographically dispersed clusters with Windows 2003. I have reviewed
the "Creating and Configuring a Highly Available Print Server under
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Using a Server Cluster" document but it
doesn't really discuss setting this up for multiple sites.
Now I see that Server 2008 apparantly overcomes the networking and
shared storage problems for multi-site clusters? But can't seem to
find any detailed information on how to set these up.
Has anyone set this up and can you recommend it over using Server
2003? Is a cluster the way to go? Here is a summary of what I'd like
1) At least 1 server at each site that would share all printers at
2) If either server goes down, all users at both sites can still print
to their printers with minimal reconfiguration
3) If the link between the sites goes down, there is no disruption in
each sites ability to print to printers at that site
Thanks for any advice you can offer,
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