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Connecting printer to SBS (Small Business Server)

We have around 8 workers in our office and the system we use is Small Business Server 2003. Currently our printers (both Canon) are connected locally to my computer and everyone gains access via my computer. I have two problems: 1) I would like to connect the printer to our server port directly so that everyone has direct access. 2) I need the scanner to be shared between all colleagues. I know that I can get a printer-server to do the job. The question is how do I solve the scanner-sharing problem? Does this Canon machine support scanner servers? And if yes which ones? Thanks

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You can physically connect the printers to the server and share it from there or leave the printers connected to your computer and have the server connect to them via a Local Port which routes to your computer!! To do the Create the local ports you'll need to 1.) share the printers on your pc 2.) Go to the server and go to printers in control panel 3.)Click on Add a new printer then next 4.)Select Local Printer connected to this computer; De-select Automatically Detect Printer 5.)Select Create new port and select Local Port 6.)In the enter a port name, enter the full network path to the printer i.e. \\your-pc-name\printer-share-name click ok 7.) Select the drivers for that specific printer(if its not there click on have disk then browse to the drivers to install them) 8.) Continue through the installation until finish) 9.) Repeat steps for additional printers Keep in mind that your computer still needs to be on! You can check to see if your printer support a network card to make them fully network printer you can add them to the server this way and only the server would need to be on! Or you can also get a print server(Device that makes regular printers into network printers). Now when it comes to the scanning, i don't know of any way to share a scanner with just windows alone, but there are third party software that allows you to do that Check out There are also printers that sorta do the scanners sharing by automatically scanning and putting files in a designated area on the network! Hope this was helpful regards, babb

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