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Find-Me printing and printer load balancing

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This section covers two powerful features: printer load balancing and “Find-Me” printing.

  • Find-Me printing—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” or “Push 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 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/MF and print queue configuration. If implementing PaperCut NG/MF 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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