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Windows 2003 Server printing issue

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by NHLzombie, Dec 30, 2003.

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  1. NHLzombie

    NHLzombie Thread Starter

    Dec 30, 2003
    I have a Windows 2003 Standard Server working as the new print server in my NT4 domain. It has dual Xeon 2.8 GHz, 1 GB ram, 3 ea Intel Server adapters in a load balancing team. It is running Symantec Corp. Anti-virus ver 8.0, and is current with MS updates.

    I have 26 printer ports set up on it, including Canon, HP, Lexmark, and Ricoh. All are using TCP/IP as the printing protocol. All have the latest drivers, and flat shares for other Windows clients are also installed.

    Several times a day (no pattern to when), the printers seem to freeze up. Print jobs still come into the server’s spooler, but they stop printing to the printer itself. The services are not stopped, but if I stop and restart the Print Spooler service and dependant services (Canon NetSpot Suite Service and TCP/IP Print Server), printing resumes as normal.

    I have tried recreating the ports, reinstalling the drivers on the server, flashing the firmware on the printers, reinstalling the printers on the workstations, cold booting the printers, excluding the C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool folder from any anti-virus scans, etc.
  2. BigTex


    Aug 21, 2003
    I've had a similar problem, I'd just reboot the server and all is well.
  3. insilico


    Jun 28, 2005

    Did you figure out what was causing your printing problem? I'm having the same issues with two new 2003 print servers I've installed. Any light you can shed on this issue would be appreciated.


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