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Print Server and NAS question

Anyone have any experience with Clark Connect?

I have an old PC that I want to turn into an NAS box as well as have it act as a print server.

I looked into the FreeNAS flavor but there is a lot of work that would have to be done in order to make it work as a Print Server with a parallel port.

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much better, now the format works.

Is there a reason you are wanting to use a Linux solution to the problem?

Why not simply hang a box on your regular network and enable print sharing. That should allow all queueing and spooling requirements and, unless you are setting up a law firm print solution serve normal purposes.

What is going to be the client to printer ratio [bottom1 can explain what a ratio is] and what is the anticipated document feed per day? I would think the printer will, no matter what the OS on the box be the bottleneck.

Print Services shouldn't effect any DASD hung on the server unless you are running a really slow net. I do assume you are not planning to run wireless as throughput will be much slower and that WILL impact performance.

Right now I have a box setting on the side of my desk that acts as the home print server with three printers on it [duplex, envelope and photo]. It also has 3TB of HDD parked in it. All is running straight through XP and Linksys. I have an external WD that acts as nightly backup and a DVD that does incremental. That is on a six year old box. I have not had a screen on it in over a year. I reboot it remotely. That box covers shared printing and HDD for a 9 computer network, both wired and wireless.

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much better, now the format works.

Is there a reason you are wanting to use a Linux solution to the problem?

Why not simply hang a box on your regular network and enable print sharing. That should allow all queueing and spooling requirements and, unless you are setting up a law firm print solution serve normal purposes.

What is going to be the client to printer ratio [bottom1 can explain what a ratio is] and what is the anticipated document feed per day? I would think the printer will, no matter what the OS on the box be the bottleneck.

Print Services shouldn't effect any DASD hung on the server unless you are running a really slow net. I do assume you are not planning to run wireless as throughput will be much slower and that WILL impact performance.

Right now I have a box setting on the side of my desk that acts as the home print server with three printers on it [duplex, envelope and photo]. It also has 3TB of HDD parked in it. All is running straight through XP and Linksys. I have an external WD that acts as nightly backup and a DVD that does incremental. That is on a six year old box. I have not had a screen on it in over a year. I reboot it remotely. That box covers shared printing and HDD for a 9 computer network, both wired and wireless.
This is strictly for home use. There will be 3 PC's going to it for printing. There will not be a whole lot of stress on it at all.

The issue is that I do not wish to tie up a windows XP License that I can be using somewhere else, secondly I do not need a full fledged OS on the box from a foot print standpoint, and thirdly I would like to use it as an FTP server for my pictures and media files when I am away.

So for the use I plan on it, I just don't see the need for a full OS on it.

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^ No wireless network?

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This is strictly for home use. There will be 3 PC's going to it for printing. There will not be a whole lot of stress on it at all.

The issue is that I do not wish to tie up a windows XP License that I can be using somewhere else, secondly I do not need a full fledged OS on the box from a foot print standpoint, and thirdly I would like to use it as an FTP server for my pictures and media files when I am away.

So for the use I plan on it, I just don't see the need for a full OS on it.
What is the OS on the old PC that you are using? If windows based, it should work fine for server function.

I would think that a mixed environment, while very doable would just be more effort than what it would be worth.

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What is the OS on the old PC that you are using? If windows based, it should work fine for server function.

I would think that a mixed environment, while very doable would just be more effort than what it would be worth.
The Old PC is Win XP and it is working fine with file sharing and print server stuff.

I just would like to pair down the footprint on the drive and free up the license.

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^ No wireless network?
Yes the network is wireless. It is also wired.

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So why not plug the printer into one of your PCs, then add it to the wireless network. Wouldn't that do the deed? You can also remove the hard drives and simply use them as external storage devices all by their lonesome.

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The Old PC is Win XP and it is working fine with file sharing and print server stuff.

I just would like to pair down the footprint on the drive and free up the license.
OK, that makes some sense.

On the other hand, an XP license is pretty cheap right now, as you can buy a used box with no monitor and stuff for 50ish on craigslist that would have a license available. That might be cheaper. Buy it for the license, call MS, tell them you are ghosting a drive image, give them the two license numbers you have and they will give you a new install code.

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So why not plug the printer into one of your PCs, then add it to the wireless network. Wouldn't that do the deed?
It is already doing it. Already have done it.

I think that my goal is not clear. I do not need XP on the box because all I want to do is turn it into a file server(Network Attached Storage) and print server. Also, it would reduce the power needed for the processor as well as reducing the footprint on the drive.

Basically it is a sledgehammer and all I need is a fly swatter.

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