Print Server For Mac

jimbou

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Good morning,
I am having hard time to print to a print server.
I have Mac OS X, and a printer HP Deskjet D2360.
I have tried with two different print servers: ViewSonic WPS-100 and Iogear GPSU21. Each time, I have configured the Mac with LPD protocol, the print server IP address, the print queue name as indicated by the server manufacturer (l1), and the HP Deskjet D2300 driver for MAC downloaded from HP web site.
When I try to print, the printer stays still. The print server tells me that a print job was received and that 0 byte was printed.
I have made tests using other printing protocols (IPP and HP Deskjet socket), using generic printer drivers. I have also tried other printer queue names (LP1, lp1, L1) but unsuccessfully.
Both print servers work fine from Windows.
Also, the printer works fine when connected directly to the Mac USB port.
Thanks for any idea on how to fix this.

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So, the answer to this is no. But a more round-about answer is sort of (as far as driver delivery and config), depending on your infrastructure.


Ok, base answer. There is no 'print server' in OS X Server any more. Instead, you can add printers to the server and share them using system preferences. But if they are network printers (or AirPrint printers) they are already broadcasting on the network so resharing them will only result in multiple broadcast queues. Likewise, OS X and Server alone can not 'deliver' print drivers to devices.


Now, there are products that can accomplish this. For example, you can look at something as simple as Apple Remote Desktop. Now, the process would still be manual in that you would have to push the drivers to the device and you would have to have credentials for the device. So if these are not devices owned by you that is likely not going to work. If you have a fleet of devices, JAMF is a great solution as all software can be delivered dynamically and transparently to the end user. But, that is really for environments over 50 devices.


But, all that said, if you have a device that is not configured to the printer and you select the printer, is the device able to find the driver in Apple's software repository? For small deployments where you may not control the individual systems, that is likely the easiest way.


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Or, you can place the drivers and a configuration script on a file share.


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