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Using Chromebooks with Novell iPrint



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November 18, 2014 11:11 am

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During BrainShare quite a few people came up asking for and integration between Novell iPrint and Google’s Chromebooks. While we have plans for something like this, it is still a ways out. A couple of us put our heads together to see if we could come up with something sooner to help people out now.

Option 1

Out of the box today, with no additional effort, you can use the email option and have your Chromebook users simply email the documents they want to print into the Novell iPrint appliance. Either set up an email address for just iPrint (which requires users specify on the subject-line which printer to print to) or set up an email address for each printer. Any documents set to those email addresses can be automatically printed via iPrint. While this does work, it’s not the easiest option, as users need to remember the email addresses for all the printers or the subject-line syntax to print the documents.

(See here for information on how to set up and use email based printing)

Option 2

Use a Windows computer to forward documents from Cloud Print into Novell iPrint. That computer could be the Windows renderer or another computer you have around.

In order to configure and use Google Cloud Print to print to your iPrint printers:

  1. Install all the iPrint printers you wish to share/enable on a Windows computer.
  2. Install Google’s Chrome browser on the computer.
  3. With the browser open, log into your Google Account from which you wish to manage the printing for everyone.
  4. Go to Settings | Settings and then Show Advanced Settings.

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  5. Under Google Cloud Print, choose Manage.

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  6. Add the existing (iPrint) Printers as Classic Printers.

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  7. The next step is to go in and Manage those printers and more specifically, share them with the desired users.

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Your users will need to accept the invitation to use these printers but they are then otherwise ready to print to these printers from their Chrome devices and Google applications. From within your Chromebook select Print and your iPrint printers will now show up as an option.

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Likewise within the Google Docs Mobile apps for your iOS or Android device, access the menu and select Share and Export….

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Select Print and Google Cloud Print and then select the Printer you want to use.

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Mobile iOS devices can of course also use AirPrint, or Bonjour, to print, which the Novell iPrint appliance can provide for all of your existing printers.

Perhaps one final step would be to enable Google Cloud Print to run as a service. Google has published a document that explains how to do this at https://support.google.com/a/answer/3179170. It’s also important to note that this second option will also work with regular Novell iPrint running on OES and not just the appliance version.

We realize that this is by no means a perfect solution but it will allow you to take advantage of your Novell iPrint infrastructure until a formal Google Cloud Print integration exists.

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4 Comments

  1. By:nlandas

    Does this then add the printers via IP into the Google print system so that then Google is direct printing to those printers or does the Windows machine process the print jobs and need to be on?

    • By:nlandas

      Ok, so that question was really ignorant now that I understand that all the Cloud Connector does is take print jobs and use a REAL OS like Windows or Linux to render and print them.

      So the question becomes is how quickly will Novell/MicroFocus have a solution for Mobile iPrint to support ChomeOS printing so that we don’t need to worry about mDNS not working on an Enterprise network. (Without jumping through hoops to support a home user networking technology.)

      • By:punya

        We are actively considering the chromebook story and this is now part of iPrint Roadmap. Post this release, we will work towards a solution for this story

  2. By:nlandas

    Would you be able to set something up like the solution for iOS and Mac OS X devices to see the iPrinter servers via DSN queries?

    I think this may discuss using DNS for discovery.

    https://developers.google.com/cloud-print/docs/privet#discovery

    If we can find a way to make our single mobile iPrint server also handle ChomeOS that would be ideal instead of having to run separate Google GCP servers for each subnet.

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