Find-Me printing and printer load balancing
This section covers two powerful features: printer load balancingPrinter load balancing automatically distributes print jobs between two or more printers. Load balancing is generally used to equally distribute print jobs across a pool of printers saving valuable time in document output for the user and at the same time balancing the wear and tear among printer devices. and "Find-Me" printing.
Find-Me printingFind-Me printing allows users to print to a single global print queue without selecting a printer, and then release the print job at any printer (via a Release Station).—solves the problem of finding the closest printer from a long list of available printers. It is a roaming print service that allows print jobs to find users based on their physical location. It's sometimes referred to as "Pull Printing", "Push Printing" or "Follow Me" printing.
Printer load balancing—covers the act of automatically distributing print load between multiple physical printers.
These topics are addressed together in this section as they both involve the concept of print job redirectionJob redirection is transferring a print job from one print queue to another. Both Find-Me printing and load balancing involve job redirection., where a job is taken from one queue and transferred to another.
The topics covered in this section are relatively advanced in nature and targeted towards the administrator who is already comfortable with PaperCut NG and print queueA print queue displays information about documents that are waiting to be printed, such as the printing status, document owner, and number of pages to print. You can use the print queue to view, pause, resume, restart, and cancel print jobs. configuration. If implementing PaperCut NG for the first time it is recommended to plan a simple configuration in the first phase, then return to implement find me printing or load balancing in a later phase once users and administrators are comfortable with the basic features.
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