Posted by Andrew Miller
Driver management. Those two words are enough to make some folks sigh in despair. Because it’s one thing to manage all the networked printers throughout your organization—but drivers, as necessary as they are, end up adding another layer of complexity to the situation. And with that complexity comes a whole host of issues that can emerge and require extensive troubleshooting.
In your print environment, maybe you have a mix of hardware by different manufacturers. Maybe you use universal drivers for some equipment, custom drivers for others, and manufacturer-supplied drivers for others. Maybe you use different configurations of the same driver for different sites and departments. When it comes to driver management, all those are variables that are hard to monitor and change—especially when you factor print servers into the equation.
Then there are driver updates, which can require loads of WAN bandwidth and cause incompatibility issues with certain hardware. Sometimes you want to automatically push out those updates enterprise-wide, and sometimes you want to do it selectively to particular workstations or groups.
As many of our customers have already discovered, PrinterLogic allows you to take control of all those potential driver management problems. In fact, according to a recent TechValidate survey of PrinterLogic customers, more than three-quarters of the respondents said that PrinterLogic helped them find a simple and efficient way to manage drivers.
What does PrinterLogic do that’s so special?
For starters, it has rock-solid universal support. That means it just works with all printer drivers and end-user workstations—it doesn’t matter whether your drivers are custom or manufacturer-supplied, or if you’re in an environment that’s Windows, Mac, Linux, or a combination of all three.
PrinterLogic also allows you to manage your drivers, just like your printers, from a single pane of glass. That saves you the time and hassle of traveling to remote sites (or maintaining a satellite IT team) to make driver changes or updates.
Speaking of updates, you can maintain a single driver repository on your local network, eliminating WAN overhead when pushing out new versions. You also have the option of deploying updates to end-user workstations manually (for added control) or automatically (for added convenience).
Furthermore, PrinterLogic gives you precise control over how each driver is configured. You can adjust common driver settings such as dpi, duplexing and paper size, thereby limiting or expanding the options for your end users depending on the scenario. You can even dive deeper, accessing advanced settings in the driver interface that can adjust any function the printer is capable of providing.
Give PrinterLogic a try and see for yourself how easy it is. And the next time someone mentions driver management, you might join the rest of our customers and cheer instead of sigh.
Check out this page for even more information on how PrinterLogic enables you to manage drivers easily and efficiently across your entire enterprise print environment.