Achieving a More Manageable and Reliable R/3 Spool Server Landscape Using Release 4 Output Classifications, Logical Servers, and Alternate Servers

  • by Uwe Kruger, Output Management Developer, SAP AG
  • December 15, 1999
Three new output features give rise to a more manageable, more reliable R/3 spool server environment — classifications, logical servers, and alternate servers. With Release 4, classifications of output devices and spool servers (along the lines of production, high-volume, desktop, and test printing) are now made possible within R/3 itself. This helps you ensure that print requests are directed to the spool servers that are best able to process them. Logical servers give you a way to reassign multiple output devices with no more effort than it takes to reassign just one. Alternate servers enable you to establish automated failover and load-balancing scenarios. In the event that a spool server fails or becomes overloaded, print requests will be automatically redirected to another (alternate) server. This article provides detailed coverage of these new output features and shows you how they can be used to remedy many of the common problems that plague the spool systems of older releases.
Three new output features give rise to a more manageable, more reliable R/3 spool server environment — classifications, logical servers, and alternate servers. With Release 4, classifications of output devices and spool servers (along the lines of production, high-volume, desktop, and test printing) are now made possible within R/3 itself. This helps you ensure that print requests are directed to the spool servers that are best able to process them. Logical servers give you a way to reassign multiple output devices with no more effort than it takes to reassign just one. Alternate servers enable you to establish automated failover and load-balancing scenarios. In the event that a spool server fails or becomes overloaded, print requests will be automatically redirected to another (alternate) server. This article provides detailed coverage of these new output features and shows you how they can be used to remedy many of the common problems that plague the spool systems of older releases.

Uwe Kruger

Uwe Krüger studied Computer Science at the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany. He joined SAP AG in 1995 as a member of the CCMS (Computing Center Management System) group, where he is responsible for development in the output management area.

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