Printer Spooler File Location
It is important to ensure, that there is free
diskcapacity on the NT4 systems drive (which
the C-drive, for example: if the C-drive is full, DHCP-server
While you can control the disk-usage by limiting the installation
of software on the NT4-server
(or selecting an installation path to another disk-drive) and
while you can control the size of
the swap-file (Virtual memory), you have no control on the size
of the print-queues:
When installing printers on the NT4-server (either directly on
the parallel port or via the network
when using printers with build-in network interfaces) and sharing
them for all network users to be
able to print to them, NT4-server will handle Print-Queues:
Any print-job is temporary stored on the NT4-server (allowing the
user to continue to work),
and printed usually on the "first-in, first-out"
method. This process is called "spooling".
And when users print Word-documents with embedded high-resolution
graphics, such print-jobs
can use large disk-capacities, 100 MByte or even much more !
||By default, these print-files are
stored on the C-drive in the
Windows System directory (SYSTEM32)
Therefore, large printer spool files can
fill up the System drive of an NT4-server.
||To change the location to store these
Spool-files, open "Printers"
"My Computer" or the "Control Panel")
select from the menu:
"File" : "Server
||on the tab: "Advanced",
you can now define
the path to a new location of Spool Folder,
placing it on another disk with sufficient
That folder MUST ALREADY EXIST,
it will NOT be created if you just enter a new
path here !
According to the NT-Resource Kit,
the system will
continue to use the old path, if the new path for a
Spool Folder is not valid.
||You will have to reboot for this
to take effect.