Configure Print Settings for a Clustered Print Server

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Before you perform this procedure, review the steps in Checklist: Setting Up a Clustered File or Print Server (Failover Cluster). This procedure describes the last step in that checklist.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (

To configure print settings for a clustered print server

  1. In the Failover Cluster Management snap-in, if the cluster you want to configure is not displayed, in the console tree, right-click Failover Cluster Management, click Manage a Cluster, and select or specify the cluster you want.

  2. If the console tree is collapsed, expand the tree under the cluster that you want to configure.

  3. Expand Services and Applications.

  4. Right-click the clustered print server that you want to configure print settings for, and then click Manage Printers.

    An instance of the Failover Cluster Management interface appears with Print Management in the console tree.

  5. Under Print Management, click Print Servers and locate the clustered print server you want to configure.

    Always perform management tasks on the clustered print server. Do not manage the individual cluster nodes as print servers.

  6. Right-click the clustered print server, and then click Add Printer. Follow the instructions in the wizard to add a printer.

    This is the same wizard you would use to add a printer on a nonclustered server.

  7. When you have finished configuring settings for the clustered print server, to close the instance of the Failover Cluster Management interface with Print Management in the console tree, click File and then click Exit.

Additional considerations

  • To open the failover cluster snap-in, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Failover Cluster Management. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Continue.

  • The failover cluster software automatically replicates important files (such as print drivers) to each of the nodes in the cluster. It supports this replication process by using a disk resource (in the cluster storage) as a place to store these files. This disk resource is configured automatically by the High Availability Wizard as part of a new clustered print server. Do not delete the disk resource that is part of the clustered print server.

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