Print Server IP addresses

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Printer Configuration Page
Static IP address
I need a solution for a Software based Print server. I have over 75 printers locally and network installed across 45 offices across a 3 state footprint. Needs: print across entire network to any printer. Wants: a way to import all existing printers and their current Static IP addresses so that we don't have to manually re-enter every printer in the company, and it needs o be able to auto-detect newly added printers if possible.

Software/Hardware used:
Canon IR HP Laserjet, and Brother printers. Windows Server2003, Windows Server 2008

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If they are defined on the servers as shared and you are printing thru the servers you can use kixtart to add all the printers. for example
kix32..bat has v:\kix32.exe v:\kix2 (v drive is shared drive)
i.e. in kix2.kix file:
addprinterconnection(“\\us-dc001\US-PR-ACCT-HP-B-4000N”)
addprinterconnection(“\\us-dc004\US-PR-ACCT-HP-B-4050N”)
etc.

We have all of our printers defined in the .kix file and we blast in 50 printers all at once this way. Probably a better way to do it but this is a simple way and it works.
Note you can delete printers also with kixtart.
i.e. delprinterconnection(“\\kore\ply-4000ps”)

Get it at http://www.kixtart.org/ (and it’s free).

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  • ErroneousGiant
    You'd be wise looking at either Altman's Pcounter or ITS's Papercut. I've had good experience with both. Both are very good print management systems for exactly what you are looking for. As long as these 3 offices spread over 3 states are either sites of the same forrest or there is a trust between the domains you should be OK to use almost anything for this.
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  • CRagsdale32
    Thanks for the recommendations. I'll give them both a test run and see how it goes.
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  • Josseline
    That's a tough one. We've also dealt with this issue when we decided to open a small booklet printing company. I am not familiarized with this part of the problem, but I think CRagsdale32 is right. Plus, it's simple to do.
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