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Print monitoring architecture

This section covers PaperCut NG/MF print monitoring architecture from a technical perspective.

PaperCut NG/MF is designed using the latest software design principles. An important design principle used is Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). PaperCut NG/MF divides key operational areas into components. These components communicate using an XML Web Services standard. Two of the main services are:

PaperCut NG/MF services/components

Service/ComponentDescription
The Application ServerThe central logic service responsible calculating user costs and providing the web and Admin web interface.
Print Provider ServiceA service responsible for monitoring and analyzing print jobs and reporting this information using XML Web Services to the Application Server.

In a single server setup, you do not need to be concerned with the two components as they automatically act as one (it’s only noticeable in that two processes are running on the server). On a multi-server/system environment a deeper understanding of the architecture is required.

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