Should you deploy Advanced Printing
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?
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"
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
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
- 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
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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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