PaperCut and Host-only drivers
A host-only driver is a driver that does not support printing via a print server. Instead it only supports direct printing from the workstation to the physical printer. In summary, printers using these drivers cannot be shared over a network using standard server Printer Sharing. Even though some of these printers may have network cards, they behave like locally attached printers (i.e. USB printers). Host-only printers are typically either low end or specialist printers such as wide-format printers. They don’t follow Microsoft’s or Apple’s driver guidelines to support server based queues. (Frustrating that this still happens in 2011! For example, many Canon and Epson printers, particularly on the Mac are host-only drivers.)
PaperCut can’t solve the driver deployment issue, however it is able to track host-only drivers with some additional configuration and setup.
Because host-only printers can’t be configured to use server based shared queues, the print monitoring and analysis needs to be done directly on the workstation before it’s sent to the printer. In affect, the printer is a “directly attached” printer and can be supported by setting up the Print Provider (aka secondary server setup) on the workstations. The procedure is outlined in here:
Here is a summary of the required configuration that needs to be done to monitor host-only printers:
print-provider.conffile enter the IP address of the primary server in the setting:
ApplicationServer=<primary server's IP address>
PaperCut Print Providerservice under
Control Panel → Administrative Tools→Servicesand ensure that only one instance of the new host-only printer appears in the admin interface.
Control Printer Monitoring.commandprogram in /Applications/PaperCut NG/providers/print/mac and ensure that monitoring is only enabled on the host only printer.
Ideally, vendors should be supplying quality drivers that are network aware and support servers. Please consider taking a few moments to email your vendor and add your voice to the choirs of complaints!
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