Many NT +file sharing +printing +VM +app questions in doz/nix mix
I have the first leg of my network up (1 doze terminal and router configured as gateway).
I’m trying to set the printer up on multiple laptops and I’m bumping up against hardware limitations again. I’ve tried a few things that didn’t work. After doing some reading I just wanted to check in for some feed back to see if I’m on the right track for a solution. And to fill in the gaps on some stuff I’m not 100% sure on.
If I understand things correctly I need to set up a server, physically connect the printer to the server and install the printer drivers to the server. Then I install the printer drivers to the laptops and set up a print and file sharing network between the laptops and the server?
If that’s how it works can it be done all wirelessly through the router? Or do I need to wire the server to the router? If I do it all wirelessly do I need to set any static routes? Or will it “just work” if I let the router handle DHCP? (Or should that be handled by the server?)
Also, I’m looking at Amahi on Ubuntu 12.04 for the server. I’d appreciate any feedback from anybody with experience with Amahi on ease of use for noobs. For my first go round I’m looking to have set up happen as automagically as possible.
My printer only has old *nix drivers; newest is Ubuntu 9.10. Can that be made to work on UB12.04 / Amahi. Or would I be better off setting up a UB 9.10 VM on the Amahi server and just networking the VM to the server?
If I have to go with a 9.10 VM on a 12.04 host will the printer driver still need to be installed to the 12.04 host for things to work? Will I need to configure CUPS on both the host and the VM? Or just one of them?
For *nix VMs on a doze host that is running the printer driver do I need to install the printer driver to the *nix VM as well to get printing working? Or will the *nix VM print functions just “piggyback” on the host? If the *nix VM print functions just piggybacks on the host will I need to configure CUPS in the VM to get it all working?
Server hardware: I’m thinking of using the old Inspiron 1501. IIRC it has a 1.7GHz dual core AMD with 1GB RAM. Is that enough hardware resources to run a low load server? Plus a VM for the printer driver installation if necessary?
Server setup: Should I make it headless to save on system resources? Can a headless install work with a wireless connection?
Server VM: If I need one to run the printer driver? One of the techs at work mentioned ZEN. The only VM software I’ve used is virtualbox and vmware player. On both (at least that I know of on the free versions) the minimum CPU resources that can be allocated to the VM is 1 core / thread. The tech said that on ZEN you can break it down in to shared CPU resources and give the VMs less than 1 core / thread each. How noob friendly is ZEN? Can I set ZEN up to share CPU resources with the host and effectively set it up so the host has 1.5 cores and 768MB RAM and the print driver VM has .5 cores and 256 RAM?
As always I’ll keep digging. But, any time saving insights or links in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.