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Dual server on network
100% available? For a print server? Awww c'mon. How long would it take you to set up another print server on commodity hardware? An hour?
You might want to use a UPS, and even set up an identical failover box which can be turned on in the case of catastrophic failure on the main print server.
But the biggest problem you'll face is power outage. If that happens, the printers will be offline, as will the switch/hub. At that point it's useless to keep the print server online too.
My advice is forget it. There are much more important services that you can direct resources at to achieve 100% uptime than printing.
Agreed about Print Sharing. I am also thinking of File sharing and if users are editing files opened on the server although they will loose current edits then the file will be inaccessible. Is there a case for a UPS system protecting the server and associated network common hardware?
I am a little unsure about file sharing. If a file is share is created on the server, say a Word document, when opened is it entirely uploaded to the windows workstation?
It's the same as if you use the file locally - the word processor loads the file off the network filesystem exactly as it would the local filesystem. It exists in memory until the word processor is closed. If some other user tries to edit the same file, you run into filesharing problems, but that's what setting up your network permissions is all about. Some files you'd want to let multiple people look at it at the same time, but you might want to restrict who can write to it. This is standard fare for a networked filesystem.
Thanks, yes and of course Word or OOo Writer will only allow the file to be opened during edit as read-only if I remember right.
One issue about converting to a server (and I've not been able to find a tutorial about this), is the process of how to get existing folders and files onto the server (and to decide which ones) in a manner seamless to the users who don't want to get in one morning and discover their files are "missing".