The Printer Install Portal is a Web page that end users visit to self-install Windows shared or TCP/IP printers.
The following options are configurable and determine the behavior of the Portal when end users visit the page:
Enable "Auto open to folder with printers in the same subnet as the end user":
This setting will cause the Printer Install Portal, when opened, to automatically open the common parent of all printers in the same subnet as the end user. The Printer Installer Client knows the local IP address of the user and does a search in the database to find what printers are in the same subnet, then opens the folder containing the most printers in the same subnet. If printer objects from multiple folders are in the same subnet as the ends user, the parent folder common to all of those folders will be the one opened.
Note: Printer port values must be IP addresses for this feature to work.
Enable "Auto open to folder containing the IP Address Range object the end user is a member of":
This setting will cause the Printer Installer Portal, when opened, to automatically open Printer Install Portal to the parent folder of the IP Address Range object the end user matches. Enabling this feature requires that you create IP Address Range objects in the tree and place them in folders. If "Auto open to folder with printers in the same subnet as the end user" is enabled, this feature will take precedence if both apply to a given end user.
Problem this option solves:
If your printers are in different subnets than end user computers (making it so you cannot use the “Auto open to folder with printers in the same subnet as the end user” option), you can create IP Address Range objects with IP ranges of the users in a location, and then place the IP Address Range object in a folder in the tree with the printer objects that are near the end user. When the end user opens the Printer Install Portal, it will open the parent folder of the IP Address Range object that contains the end user’s IP address.
Enable Advanced Portal Security: Do not show folders and items that a user does not have rights to view / install
View and install permissions for a folder or printer in the Printer Installer Portal are only granted to users who are on the list in the "Portal Security" tab of a folder or printer. By default permissions are inherited, and the root folder contains the Everyone group, so all folders and printers are visible in the Portal to all users.
Enable "Install Client" link:
Show the "Install Printer Installer Client" link on the Printer Install Portal.
Enable "Driver Model" column:
Shows or hides the driver model column on the portal page.
Security: Password Protect:
By enabling this option, end users will be required to enter the specified password to gain access to the portal. To limit who can install printers by IP address range or Active Directory group membership, see Managing printer installation rights
Header URL / File Path
Enter a web address or file path of a page to show at the top of the portal. e.g. portal/header.html (default) or
Height in pixels of the header.