3.7 Creating a Printer

Before you can create a printer, you must first create a Print Manager on your server. See Section 3.6, Creating a Print Manager for more information.

After creating a Print Manager, you can create printers. Printers are represented as objects in eDirectory. As eDirectory Printer objects, access to the printers can be controlled depending on the level of security chosen and if SSL is required. The Print Manager also creates a Printer Agent in its database.

When you use Novell iManager to create a Printer object, you need to select a gateway. The gateway handles communication between the Print Manager and the printer. Most printers work with the Novell gateway (ndpsgw.nlm). Some printer vendors have created their own gateways to provide proprietary, printer-specific information.

3.7.1 Prerequisites

  • Have Supervisor rights for the destination container where its associated Printer object is to reside

  • Be designated as a Manager of the Print Manager that controls this Printer Agent

  • Have a Broker running

  • Have a Print Manager running

3.7.2 Procedure

When you create a new Printer, iPrint is enabled by default.

  1. In Novell iManager, click iPrint > Create Printer.

  2. Fill in the fields.

    Click Help for explanations about the fields.

  3. Click Next.

  4. Select the printer driver for each client operating system.

    These drivers are automatically downloaded to users’ workstations when they install this printer in the future.

    If you choose a Windows 3.x driver but not a Windows 95/98/ME or Windows NT*/2000 driver, a 16-bit driver is selected. Normally, this does not create problems.

    Because the list of printer drivers shipped with this product is limited, you can add drivers to the Resource Management Service database. (See Adding or Updating Printer Drivers for more information.)

    If the driver you need is not in the drivers list, rather than adding it to the RMS, you can select [None] at the top of each list. Users are then be asked to provide a disk with the appropriate driver the first time they install this printer on their workstations.

  5. Click Continue.