It is not uncommon to configure a server to also function as a print server. To do this, install all network printers on the server and share them with individual workstations.

This setup ensures that the printers are automatically installed on individual workstations and managed by the server. This setup also allows the server to manage settings such as print queues.

For example, to reduce toner costs, it might be a good idea to limit who can print in color on a particular printer, or to designate users who can print on a particular printer. This feature of a server can reduce administrative costs and reduce the cost of running a network printer.

Depending on the type of business your business is in, you may need to add a server to your network. For many industries, you can wait until you have up to four to six more workstations or employees, but that makes sense from an investment perspective. In general, it’s useful to add servers when you have more than five workstations on your network.

However, for exceptions, such as businesses that fall under certain government regulations regarding security and compliance, I think it’s advisable to install the servers during the initial setup of the network.


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