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iPrint Client 3.11 with Silent Install Option

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Posted: 15 Sep 2004
 

Check out this new patch which provides variations of silent installation options for iPrint. Four variations of the iPrint Client installation are included in this download; nipp.exe, nipp.zip, nipp_s.exe, and nipp_sr.exe. Read the "Description of files" section to understand the differences. To install any one of the versions on one workstation, simply double-click the executable.

To distribute the installations through the iPrint page:

  1. Rename the executable of choice (nipp_s.exe or nipp_sr.exe) to "nipp.exe".
  2. Copy the nipp to the ippdocs directory on the server:
    • SYS\Apache2\htdocs\ippdocs for NetWare 6.5
    • SYS\Login\ippdocs for NetWare 6.0 and 5.1
    • var/opt/novell/httpd/htdocs/ippdocs for Novell Nterprise Linux Services 1.0
  3. Copy the iPrint.ini to the same directory on the server.

After copying those files to the server, the following process will occur:

  1. Workstation boots up or the user hits the iPrint page (either a custom iPrint map page or the default iPrint page with a list of printers).
  2. The iPrint client installed on the workstation (regardless of the version) will check which server* the iPrint printers are installed from.
  3. The iPrint client will compare the version stated in the iPrint.ini on the server with the version of the iPrint client installed on the workstation.
  4. Recognizing that the version on the server is newer, the client will download and install to the workstation. The behavior of the installation will vary depending on which nipp.exe is on the server.

Note: Only one server will participate in the process described above. If the iPrint printers installed on the workstation were installed from more than one server, then the default printer will take precedence. If the default printer is a non-iPrint printer, then the server IP address associated to the first iPrint printer listed in the Windows Registry will be contacted for version comparison.

Two versions of the uninstall are included in this patch; nipp_su.exe and nipp_u.exe. Read the "Description of files" section to understand the differences.

Description of Files

All versions of the iPrint client installation listed below are intended for Windows 98, NT, 2000, XP, and 2003. However, because Windows 98 requires a reboot after the install, nipp_sr.exe may be more appropriate for Win9x installs, but is not required.

nipp.exe = Installs the iPrint Client and displays dialog boxes and progress windows that require user intervention. This is the default installation program.

nipp.zip = A WinZip version of the client that can be used with distribution software programs. After the file is unzipped, run setupipp.exe. For a list of the command line parameters that you can use with setupipp.exe, enter setupipp.exe /h at a command prompt. This version of the installation can be useful to set up ZENworks installation packages or 3rd party install programs.

nipp_s.exe = Installs the iPrint Client. A screen displays the progress of the install, but requires no user intervention. Note: Windows NT/2000/XP don't require a reboot after the install, so this option is best suited for those operating systems, unless using iCapture. If the printers are captured to an LPT port using iCapture, then the capture will not be available until the user manually reboots the workstation. The user will not be warned of this iCapture issue.

nipp_sr.exe = Installs the iPrint Client and reboots the workstation. A screen displays the progress of the install, but no user intervention required. Note: Windows 98 requires a reboot after the install, so this option is best suited for the Windows 98 operating system.

nipp_su.exe = Uninstalls the iPrint Client. A screen displays the progress of the uninstall, but requires no user intervention.

nipp_u.exe = Uninstalls the iPrint Client. The user confirms to uninstall the client, then a screen displays the progress of the uninstall.

Download

For additional information, and to download the file see TID 2969714


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