Print server and printer installation

October 14, 2016 at 07:21:58
Specs: Macintosh
I help run a network at a high school and we are looking at finding a best practice for deploying printer servers and printer installation. We run windows server 2008 r2 and have teachers that have macbook air computers. We serve two campuses a high school and elementary and would like a best practice (how enterprise corporations do it) on deploying print servers and printer installation. So if a new macbook computer comes into our building or our elementary building, we can set it up to print with proper configuration. For example currently teachers get an email with the print drivers they can download to their computer and they follow a video tutorial on installing them to their macbook computer. Any help with print server deployment in this context would be great with advice on best ways for clients to diagnose their own problems with printing.

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October 14, 2016 at 13:33:14
Enterprises give everyone Windows PCs, so that Window's native print driver distribution kicks in and the only worry is over the printer's shared name. I only really see Macs on marketing teams, and when you're dealing with pockets of 10 to 20 non-Windows laptops, there's no real justification to go with something like JAMF.

Now, when the iPad hit the market all those years ago, those same non-Windows pockets became pockets of 10 to 20 iPads, and suddenly there was a budget for JAMF, so who knows what sort of criteria is in play.

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