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    Network printers.

    This is more of a software thing though - and a word of warning for the wise.

    We will nearly all be aware of the dangers involved in installing printer driver software on servers - especially HP. However, I came across something 25 times worse last week.
    Samsung.

    The copiers were reasonable, the school had 6 installed. The fitters however had seen fit to populate the curriculum server with a shedload of Samsung's software, mostly to run the network scanning facility.

    On average, it'll take HP's software suite 4 weeks to leak and crash a decent 2003 server.
    It took Samsung's suite 4 days. Unamused!

    Network scanning quickly removed along with every single piece of software that even looks like "samsung" from the server and everything is great as a result. I'm a large fan of Samsung hardware and have been ever since they showed up Sony and Toshiba in the DVD stakes - but the software is ridiculous Had to warn the installers to be VERY careful in future when they're sticking that sort of rubbish; I'd have refused if I was there myself however apparently their speil to the on site ICT coordinator was "they needed to install said software to make the printers work at all".

    Rant over :|

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    This concerns me, I am installing a Samsung Network printer/scanner in a room with 10workstations, I am not planning on installing it on the server just going to install it with the IP Address on each machine.

    Then I need to work out how to scan to a shared drive on the server without installing the software

    Think I'll use the ftp option, but the configuration within seems abit unclear!

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    Just install via the .inf drivers and it'll be fine, even via the server. At least that way you'd maintain a bit of control over the whole thing should something go awry.

    I was going to tackle network scanning to a folder when it was a bit quieter - I'm fairly sure it's doable without the bloatware but you've looked a bit further into it than me so far Let me know how it goes!

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