Set the method that Print Deploy uses to determine the user’s identity

You can choose whether users will receive a once-off authentication popup when the Print Deploy client starts up for the first time. This once-off authentication is useful in environments where users’ computers are not joined to a local domain, for example, G Suite or Azure AD environments.

Print Deploy automatically detects whether a computer is joined to a domain, and if it is, it will not authenticate the user and instead use the identity of the logged-in user.

If this is not the behavior you want, you can configure Print Deploy to either always trust the identity of the logged-in user, or always prompt for an authentication. The latter is especially useful in environments like shared office spaces where a computer might be joined to a domain, but it is a different company’s domain and you do not want to trust that identity.

Use the config key UserIdentityMethod.

You can update this config key in two ways:

  • Via the Settings tab in the Print Deploy admin UI.

  • Update the UserIdentityMethod config in the client.conf.toml file, located in: <application-server-path>\providers\print-deploy\win\data\config.

    Any changes to this config requires a PaperCutPrint Deploy Server service restart.

Config value

When the Print Deploy client is first installed, a once-off login popup is displayed. The user has to enter their PaperCut username and password before the print queues are installed.


Print Deploy uses the logged-in user’s identity for authentication purposes.


If the computer has domain membership, Print Deploy attempts to determine if it can trust the logged-in user. Else, the login popup is displayed.

Default value: Auto.

In a non-local AD environment, when deploying and installing Mobility Print queues, user authentication is required. The user will be presented with a once-off authentication popup.