Printer sharing in Windows Server 2012

The following tip was excerpted from my book Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 from Microsoft Press:

Windows Server 2012 now supports several different ways of enabling the deployment of print shares:

  • Enhanced Point and Print, which allows the print server to share a printer with any other supported Windows client without the need for additional drivers. This feature is new in Windows Server 2012 and is available only when v4 print drivers are being used.
  • Package Aware Point and Print, which allows print servers to distribute signed driver packages to clients. This feature was introduced in Windows Server 2008 to improve security and eliminate the security prompts of the legacy Point and Print method.
  • Legacy Point and Print, which was introduced in Windows 2000 and involves having the server spooler provide the client with just enough information to download the required v3 printer driver files from the server.
  • Internet Printing Protocol, which was also introduced in Windows 2000 and allows clients to install print shares from a webpage if the proper drivers have been staged on the print server.

For more information on printer-sharing technologies supported by Windows Server 2012, see:

The above tip was previously published in an issue of WServerNews, a weekly newsletter from TechGenix that focuses on the administration, management and security of the Windows Server platform in particular and cloud solutions in general. Subscribe to WServerNews today by going to and join almost 100,000 other IT professionals around the world who read our newsletter!

Mitch Tulloch is a twelve-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows Server and cloud computing technologies.  Mitch is also Senior Editor of WServerNews. For more information about him see


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