Multiserver configuration examples
There are various ways to set up multiple InfoPrint Manager servers and have them work together. Below are some example configurations and the benefits they provide.
- Install two InfoPrint Manager servers in the same physical location.
One of the servers contains all of the InfoPrint print queues and logical destinations, and the other contains all of the actual destinations. In this setup, you balance processing between the two systems by spooling and scheduling on one system and transforming and printing on the other.
- Install one InfoPrint Manager server in the main office and one in each branch office.
The namespace is located on the InfoPrint Manager server in the main office, and the other two servers are set up to share it. All three servers have logical destinations, queues, and actual destinations defined in them, and the users submit their print jobs to their local server. About 90% of the time, the servers handle local print jobs, so it makes sense for each location to have its own server. However, several times each week, the main office generates reports that are needed at the branches. Instead of printing the reports and sending them across town or faxing several hundred pages to each office, they simply send the print job to printers at the branch offices. If necessary, the branch offices can do the same thing.
In addition, because of the common namespace, the system administrator can monitor all of the servers from a central location; if there's a problem at one of the branches, he can investigate it from the main office.