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Should you deploy Advanced Printing Software?

Without question, Advanced Printing Software offers additional capabilities to the standard LPD-based Tru64 UNIX printing system. Now consider the advantages and disadvantages associated with this new system. Here are some questions to consider when deciding:

  • Do you require client/server printing?

    Although Advanced Printing will run fine on a single workstation (and this is a good way to get started), the system was designed to provide the most benefit to a workgroup or enterprise environment with a small number of server hosts acting on behalf of multiple clients.

  • What kinds of printers do you have?

    Check the Supported Printers List to ensure that your system and printers are supported.

  • Do you need interoperability with Wintel desktops?

    If you manage an environment that has Tru64 UNIX, other UNIX hosts, and Windows desktops, there are clear advantages to channeling all print activity through the Advanced Printing Software spooler. Now you'll have the ability to logically associate queues with working printers so that users won't have to walk down the hall to see what printer is working today. You'll be able to monitor job activity and schedule or re-schedule printing of long jobs for printing off-hours. You can be notified automatically when a printer becomes stalled, and can see what job is causing problems. You can grant certain users "operator" status, so that they can manipulate the print queues without having "root" access.

    You should definitely set up the inbound gateway daemon to accept print jobs from LPD-capable clients, such as Advanced Server for UNIX (PC Integration), jobs from other UNIX systems. WinNT and Win2K systems can print jobs directly to the inbound gateway if the Microsoft TCP/IP Printing Service option is installed. On a client desktop, set up a printer as you normally would with the manufacturer's printer driver and specify "LPR Port".

    The Advanced Printing Software outbound gateway can send print jobs to your WinNT or Win2K system, should you desire to do this. Again, using configure Microsoft's TCP/IP Printing Service. Designate printers as "Shared" in order to make them accessable.

  • Which name service option will you use?

    By default, Advanced Printing Software servers maintain server, printer, and queue bindings in a local file. You can easily add a NIS map for printers to allow clients access if your environment supports NIS. Or, if you use LDAP in your environment, you can use it to propagate Advanced Printing names through the enterprise.

  • Are you running a TruCluster Server system?

    Advanced Printing Software senses when it runs on a TruCluster Server host and propagates names that are bound to the cluster alias, rather than individual host names. This means that clients access servers as a cluster service, rather than a host service. Cluster Application Availability (CAA) is used to ensure that your Advanced Printing Software servers continue running, even when a host is taken offline.

  • Are you ready to invest the time necessary to plan an installation?

    Much of the power of Advanced Printing Software is derived from is configuration flexibility. Along with the flexibility comes some complexity and an Advanced Printing installation requires some planning.

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