Print Queue

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

This is preliminary documentation and subject to change.

A print queue is a representation of a print device (physical printer) in Microsoft Windows. Opening a print queue displays active print jobs and their status.


The following is a list of all aspects that are part of this managed entity:

Name Description

AD DS Printer Publishing

You can publish printer information to Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) so that users can search for printers by location or other attributes. Publishing a printer creates a PrintQueue object in AD DS as a child of the print server computer account.

Print Color Profile Configuration

Properly configuring the print color profile enables color printers to print colors that closely match the ones that are displayed on the screen.

Print Job Status

A print job is a file that contains data to be printed.

Print Processor Availability

Print processors are user-mode dynamic link libraries (DLLs) that are responsible for converting a print job's spooled data into a format that can be sent to a print monitor. They are also responsible for handling application requests to pause, resume, and cancel print jobs.

Print Queue Status

The print queue status indicates the status and health of the print queue.

Shared Printer Availability

Shared printer availability relates to whether shared printers are available on the network. When a printer is shared on the network, users with sufficient permissions can connect and print to the shared printer.

Printing Infrastructure