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Print Queue vs Server Queue

 
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Manny DeAssis
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Print Queue vs Server Queue

Can anyone explain at a high level what is the difference between a VMS print queue (with /PROCESSOR=TCPIP$TELNETSYM) and a VMS server queue (with /PROCESSOR=TCPIP$LPD_SMB). Also distinguish when one is better suited than the other.
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Hoff
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Re: Print Queue vs Server Queue

Are you asking for the difference between printing via telnet and printing via LPR/LPD, or the difference between a printer queue and a server queue?

If the former, it generally doesn't matter in any recent environments; the usual reason to choose involve things like firewall blocks or bugs in the particular target telnet server or lpd server in the printer (or similar bugs in the client).

If the latter, there's little practical difference between a printer queue and a server queue; they both have symbionts that process files arriving via the queue system. What the particular symbiont does varies. If you're interested in this sort of thing, see the EXECSYMB tool on the OpenVMS Freeware.

Regardless, do ensure your TCP/IP Services installation and your OpenVMS installation are current and have current patches loaded, too.
Manny DeAssis
Frequent Advisor

Re: Print Queue vs Server Queue

This is what I wanted to hear for this is what I suspected. Thanks for your response.

Thanks for that bit of information. I will re-open this thread. (10 points for you too).
Hakan Zanderau ( Anders
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Re: Print Queue vs Server Queue

Hoff got 10 points for his answer, but I need to add some information.

The difference is rather huge between the TELNETsymbiont and LPR/LPD-symbiont.

The TELNETsym is just a client symbiont.
It can only send data to a port on a specific host ( printer ). The queue-configuration is set directly on the queue.

LPR/LPD is a client/server symbiont.
You target printqueues on other hosts and can serve your local printerqueues to other hosts that also use LPR/LPD. The queue-configuration is stored in a file called "printcap".

A SystemManager needs to know the differences, when setting up and managing the queues.

Hakan
AKA "The Diplomead Printerguru"
hakan(dot)zanderau(at)ha-solutions(dot)se
Don't make it worse by guessing.........
Manny DeAssis
Frequent Advisor

Re: Print Queue vs Server Queue

Thank you Hakan. If I could I would award you ten points as well.
Hakan Zanderau ( Anders
Trusted Contributor

Re: Print Queue vs Server Queue

Don't hesitate to send me a mail if you need help regarding printconfigurations & printproblems.

Hakan
Don't make it worse by guessing.........
Jan van den Ende
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Re: Print Queue vs Server Queue

Manny,

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Thank you Hakan. If I could I would award you ten points as well.
<<<

You can.

Use the re-open button.

Proost.

Have one on me.

jpe
Don't rust yours pelled jacker to fine doll missed aches.
Manny DeAssis
Frequent Advisor

Re: Print Queue vs Server Queue

Thanks again guys for your feedback on this.