3.6 Creating a Print Manager

A Print Manager provides a platform for Printer Agents that reside on the server. The Print Manager object stores information used by the NetWare Loadable Module™ (NLM™), ndpsm.nlm. You can manually load this NLM at the server console. A Print Manager must be created as an object in the eDirectory tree before you can create server-based Printer Agents.

A single Print Manager can control any number of Printer Agents.

Although you can perform some configuration and management tasks directly through the Print Manager console interface, Novell iManager is the main tool for performing these tasks.

Use the following guidelines to determine where and when to place a Print Manager.

Ensure that you have Supervisor rights for the container where the Print Manager object is to reside. For each Print Manager that is loaded, a separate eDirectory Print Manager object needs to be created.

  1. In Novell iManager, click iPrint > Create Print Manager.

  2. Fill in the fields.

    Click Help for explanations about the fields.

    IMPORTANT:As a result, workstation printers that were already installed on the client that were assigned to this Print Manager using an IP address instead of DNS no longer work. To avoid this, you can assign a DNS name to the Manager before creating Printer Agents associated to it using the /dnsname= startup switch. For more information, see Moving the Print Manager.

    Any printer you designate as a local printer when you are configuring Printer Agents assigned to this Print Manager must be directly attached to this server.

  3. Click OK.

  4. To load the Print Manager, click Manage Print Manager, browse to and select the Print Manager you created, then click Load.

    To autoload the Print Manager when you bring up the server, add the following line to your server’s autoexec.ncf file:

    load ndpsm Print_Manager_name_and_context

    For example:

    load ndpsm .sales_manager.corp.acme

To modify the Print Manager properties, click Manage Print Manager, then select the Manager you want to modify.

For a discussion of Access Control roles, see Setting Access Control for the Print Manager.