So we only have so many Server 2003 licences here at the school, and I've used them all up with the domain controllers and file servers. I've got a lab that has 4 printers in it. It's the new art lab, and none of the printers are network printers. So what I did, was built a simple Windows XP Professional machine, and had the printers installed on that under the printer desk in the corner of the room at the back. Nobody knows it's there. It has no monitor, just a network cable so it can talk to the domain and so I can control it through RDC remotely.
The problem of course, is that there are now far more than 10 computers in that lab and that use those art printers, and we all know here that Windows XP only supports 10 connections at once over the network to the machine. So as soon as the 11th computer comes on and tries to connect to the printers, the connection fails. So at the moment, I'm wondering if anyone knows a way to have more connections allowed to Windows XP Professional, or if someone knows some simple Windows print server that's free. Normally I'd just buy a print server box that attaches to the network so I can manage the printers from the Print Server in the server room, but I don't know of any that does 3 USB printers and a parallel printer at once.
Do I build a linux server? What distro is the best and how easily can I manage print jobs remotely?
I'd like to preferably keep them on that machine, and the district doesn't have any more server licences. I asked them if they had any spare Windows 2000 licences :P They said they didn't.