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Print server environment:
Set up Print Deploy when computers are not joined to a local domain

This topic describes how to use Print Deploy to get the benefits of a Print Server without computers having to join a local domain.

This is great for environments that use Google Cloud Directory (Google Workspace) or Azure AD as a user directory, or if you manage users manually in PaperCut NG/MF, or even if you have a custom identity source.

PaperCut NG/MF does not rely on traditional Kerberos to authenticate computers that are not joined to a local domain. Instead, Mobility Print is used to authenticate users.

Diagram showing a Print Server connected to printers. Also running on the Print Server is the Mobility Print service. Users are shown in the diagram connecting to the Mobility Print service running on the print server.

The high-level steps are:

  1. Set up your Mobility Print queues
  2. Set up the print queues on the reference computer
  3. Clone the print queue details into Print Deploy
  4. Connect print queues to a zone

If your computers are joined to a local domain, go to Print server environments—Set up Print Deploy where computers are joined to a local domain

Step 1: Set up your Mobility Print queues

Mobility Print works with Print Deploy to enable Windows and macOS users to securely print to any printer in your network, without the need for the computers to be joined to the local domain.

Everything you need to know about Mobility Print is covered in the Mobility Print Help Center.

  1. In the Admin web interface, go to Enable Printing > Mobile & BYOD.

  2. Follow the steps to install and configure Mobility Print.

    Don’t set up any printing defaults and capabilities. You’ll do this next, when you set up the reference computer.

Step 2: Set up the print queues on the reference computer

A reference computer is a Windows and/or Mac computer where you set up and test the print queues before deploying them to the users. It’s also where you set the default settings for print queues (for example, grayscale, 2-sided) and capabilities (for example, finishing options like stapling and hole punching).

Windows drivers often support multiple versions of Windows, for example, Windows 10 and Windows 8. PaperCut NG/MF automatically detects which versions of Windows the driver supports and displays them in its Admin web interface.

  1. From your reference computer, open Mobility Print and click the client setup page link. The link is at the bottom of the Mobility Print Admin interface.

    Screenshot of a portion of the Mobility Print Admin interface, showing the client setup links for each operating system. Under those links is a link with 'Share this link with your users so they can set up their clients:' - immediately after this is a hyperlink which is circled in red.

    Depending on your printer discovery method in Mobility Print, the page looks something like this:

    Screenshot of the Mobility Print 'Set up printing for Windows' page, with step 1 showing the download link for the client and step 2 instructing the user to run the installer.
  2. Follow the steps on the page to install your print queues on the reference computer.

  3. Unless you want to deploy the PaperCut Global Print driver to users, update the driver for each print queue to match the driver you would like to deploy to users.

  4. Configure the printer defaults for each queue.

    • If you’re happy to use the Global Print Driver (Windows) or generic print driver (Mac), use the cloner tool to clone it into Print Deploy.

    • If you want to use more advanced finishing options, update the driver on the print queue.

      • Windows: Printer Properties > Advanced > Printing Defaults
      • Mac: via the CUPS Web Interface, available via: http://localhost:631/ or http://servername:631/

    Later, when you install the Print Deploy client on the users’ computers, these defaults will be propagated to be the default user settings.

  5. Test that printing works on each queue.

Step 3: Clone the print queue details into Print Deploy

  1. On the reference computer, log in to PaperCut NG/MF (which is installed and running elsewhere on the network).

  2. Select Enable Printing > Print Deploy. The Print Deploy page is displayed.

    Screenshot showing the Print Deploy screen with zones listed on the left, and options to download the cloner tool, and 'Import Mobility Print queues'.
  3. In the right panel, do one of the following:

    • If this is the first time you’re using Print Deploy, click the Download cloner tool button for your operating system.

    • If you already have print queues installed, click Add or update; then click the download button for your operating system

      The cloner tool (.exe, .dmg) is downloaded with the PaperCut NG/MF server address embedded into its filename.

  4. On the Reference computer, run the cloner tool.

    The cloner tool bundles all of the print queues, printer drivers, default settings (for example, grayscale, 2-sided) and capabilities (for example, finishing options like stapling and hole punching) and uploads the bundle automatically to the Application Server.

    All of the print queues are displayed in the Print queues list at the right of the Print Deploy page.

    Screenshot showing the Print Deploy screen, with 3 added print queues on the right hand side, with the 'everyone' zone listed on the left hand side.

    For Windows print queues, Print Deploy automatically detects whether the queue type is Print via server or Print direct. However, Mac print queues default to Print via server, so if you have a print serverless (Direct Print) environment, you need to change the print queue type.

    To change the print queue type:

    1. In the Admin web interface, click Enable Printing.

    2. In the Print queues list, click the three dots icon next to the print queue you want to update.

    3. In Type, select Print direct.

    4. Close the pop-up.

Step 4: Connect print queues to a zone

A zone is a location defined by an IPv4 address range, for example, an office, branch, or campus. It also include user groups to help define who can access the printers in that zone.

By default Print Deploy has one zone, called Everyone, that deploys print queues to all computers and all groups in the network. And of course you can add as many of your own zones as required.


  1. Click Zones, then in the Your zones list, select the zone you want to connect printers to.

    If you need to add a new zone first, take a look at how to add zones and user groups to Print Deploy.

    Screenshot showing the Print Deploy screen, with the 'Everyone' zone selected on the left hand side showing the details of the zone. 3 print queues are listed on the right hand side, ready to be selected.
  2. In the Print queues list, select which printers you want to be automatically installed on the users’ computers; then click Connect to zone. They are added to the list of print queues for that zone.

    Screenshot showing the Print Deploy screen with one example print queue now added to the zone and listed in the zone details.
  3. If required, add print queues to the zone that you want to make optional for users to install on their computer. They can install them via the Add printers tab in their Print Deploy client.

    1. In the Print queues list, select which printers you want to make optional for users to install.

    2. At the bottom of the list of printers, select the Optional install checkbox.

      Screenshot showing the 'Print queue' panel in Print Deploy, with 2 print queues, one of which is selected. At the bottom of the panel is the 'Connect to zone' button and also the 'Optional Install' checkbox which is checked.
    3. Click Connect to zone. They are added to the list of print queues for that zone.

      Screenshot of the zone details panel in Print Deploy - the panel shows the 'Everyone' zone with two printers attached to the zone. One of which is labelled as an 'optional install'.

What’s next?

If the Print Deploy client has already been installed on some computers, click Save and deploy. The print queues will be automatically installed on the computers within 15 minutes. (This time is configurable).

Otherwise, decide if you want to:

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