New Printing Service (Feb 13th 2009 – Updated on Feb 09th 2018)

 

A new central printing service is now available. The service has not been sufficiently tested and have to be considered experimental. Also the use method described above has to be considered experimental and temporary.

 

The service is based on a high availability Windows Cluster (2 nodes). The new service completely substitutes the old one.

 

The printer server is named winprint and at the moment shares the following printers:

 

Queue name

Printer type/model

Location

Colors – B/W

act1bw

Xerox WorkCentre 5875

Amm. Centrale, floor T, Uff. posta

B/W

act2bw

Xerox WorkCentre 5875

Amm. Centrale, floor T

B/W

aca1bw

Xerox WorkCentre 5875

Amm. Centrale, floor 1

B/W

acb1bw

Xerox WorkCentre 5875

Amm. Centrale, floor 2

B/W

aetl1bw2

Sharp MX-M753U

Alte Energie, floor T, side 1

B/W

aeal1bw2

Sharp MX-M753U

Alte Energie, floor A, side 1

B/W

aeal2bw2

Sharp MX-M753U

Alte Energie, floor A, side 2

B/W

aetl1bw3

Sharp MX-M754N

Alte Energie, floor T, side 1

B/W

aeal1bw3

Sharp MX-M754N

Alte Energie, floor A, side 1

B/W

aeal2bw3

Sharp MX-M754N

Alte Energie, floor A, side 2

B/W

aeal2col2

Xerox WorkCentre 7845

Alte Energie, floor A, side 2

Colors

aebl1bw

Xerox WorkCentre 5875

Alte Energie, floor B, side 1

B/W

aebl2bw3

Sharp MX-M754N

Alte Energie, floor B, side 2

B/W

aeb52col

Xerox WorkCentre 7535

Alte Energie, floor B, room B52

Colors

aeb52col2

Xerox WorkCentre 7845

Alte Energie, floor B, room B52

Colors

aeb52bw2

Xerox WorkCentre 5875

Alte Energie, floor B, room B52

B/W

calc0bw

Xerox WorkCentre 5665

Calcolo, floor T

B/W

calc1col3

Xerox WorkCentre 7845

Calcolo, floor 1

Colors

ed22tlandbw

HP LaserJet 4250

LEALE, floor 1, Corridor

B/W

 

Red printers are dismissed

Green printers are newly installed

 

Monitor the printers status

 

Use documentation

 

Windows users

 

1.      Open a CMD console (click on Start -> Run,  write CMD in the open textbox and press RETURN).

2.      Execute the following commands:

 

 

C:\Document and Settings\user> net use \\winprint.lnf.infn.it\publicprint /savecred

Enter the username for ‘winprint’: win\print

Enter the password for winprint:   (leave empty and press <return>)

The command completed successfully. (*)

 

C:\Document and Settings\user>          

 

Note (*): if the username and password are not required, please first reboot the PC and then restart from item 2. It can happen because Windows remembers the old credentials previously used by other utilities.

 

3.      Now you can map all the printers that you want, served by winprint:

4.      Click on on Start -> Settings -> Printers and Faxes -> Add a printer

5.      Click Next (if needed) and choose for a network printer

6.      Click Next (in case of Vista OS click The printer that I want isn’t listed), and the following window will appear:

 

 

7.      Write the printer name in the format: \\winprint.lnf.infn.it\<printer> in the Connect to this printer textbox and click on Next

8.      Click on Yes, Next and Finish

9.      Repeat step from 6 to 10 for each printer

10.  All the printing queues will be permanently installed in your environment, ready to be used.

 

Note: you don’t need to remap the printers after a client reboot

 

Linux and Mac OS users

 

Linux and Mac OS users have to continue to use LPR/LPD protocol. The server name and the served printing queue names are the same as in the old system. So the users are generally not required to redefine the new printing queues. All would work without changes on the clients.

 

However, new printing queues can be eventually mapped using LPR protocol; the printer drivers are not provided by the server, so you have to download the drivers before to map the queues.

 

The server name is unixprint for linux clients and macprint for Mac OS clients.

The queue names are the same of windows shares (see the first table above).

 

 

Mac OS Example

 

1.      Open Print & Fax and click on the plus sign

Picture%201

 

2.      Click on the plus sign “+”:

Picture%202

 

3.      Select IP tab

4.      Insert the printing server name in the Address textbox: macprint.lnf.infn.it

5.      Insert the printer queue name in the Queue textbox and in the Name textbox: for example aeb52col

6.      Optionally insert the printer location in the Location textbox: for example Alte Energie, floor B, room B52

7.      Select a drive to use in the Print Using popup: for example HP Color LaserJet 5550

 

Note: if the printer type is not available, you have to download the right driver from the web site of the printer provider, and then you have to install it before to map the printer queue.

 

Then you have to define the number of paper trays, the paper format, and so on.

 

 

Mac OS X and Ricoh MP C2800

 

You need to DOWNLOAD the following kits:

- hpijs-x.x.x.dmg (driver PCL hpijs)

- foomatic-rip-x.x.x.x.dmg

- gplgs-x.x.dmg (ghostscript - about 33MB)

 

Then follow the steps above (from 1. to 7.) filling the fileds with the following data:

Protocol: LPD

Address: macprint.lnf.infn.it

Queue: QueueName

Name: QueueName

Print using: Generic, Model: PCL 5c Printer Foomatic/hpijs-pcl5c

ONLY for Yosemite

Download this file: yosemite_foomatic_paths.command

Double-click the downloaded file and follow the instructions