Import Microsoft Printers

Importing Microsoft Printer Objects

To import printer objects from Microsoft do the following:
  1. Log in to the Printer Installer Administrator
  2. Click Tools -> Import / Export -> Import Microsoft printers into Printer Installer. The Printer Import dialog will open.
  3. In the left pane, browse to a print server and select the printer object(s).
  4. In the right pane select the folder or create a folder in the Printer Installer tree structure where you would like the printers to be imported to.
    1. If you would like to link a Windows shared printer to an existing Printer Installer printer, select the Printer Installer printer in the right pane instead of a folder.
  5. Click the green arrow in-between the two panes.
  6. The printers will then be imported (copied) to the desired folder.
Items copied:
  • Printer Name
  • Drivers
  • Comments
  • Locations
  • Printer profile settings (duplex options, paper trays, paper size etc)

Converting existing end user printers

You can have the Client automatically and silently convert end user's existing printer connections to the newly created TCP/IP printers.  To convert the existing end user printers do the following:
  1. Open Tools -> Settings -> Client.
  2. Enable the option labeled Enable Printer Installer Client to convert end user's Microsoft printers to TCP/IP printers that have been imported into Printer Installer as TCP/IP printers.
    1. If you would like to restrict the printer conversions to a subset of the computers with the client installed, check the box marked Enable Microsoft conversion item-level targeting. Then click Show Filter and add the users, computers, OUs, or IP address ranges you would like to have converted.
  3. Login on a computer that has the Client installed and the Microsoft printers will be converted.

Linking multiple print server printers to a single printer in PI

If you have the same printer installed on multiple print servers, and would like the client on the workstations to automatically convert that printer to a direct IP printer regardless of which print server the printer is installed from, you can link a single printer in the Printer Installer database to the printer on all the print servers. To do so, perform the following:
  1. Log in to the Printer Installer Administrator
  2. Click Tools -> Import / Export -> Import Microsoft printers into Printer Installer. The Printer Import dialog will open.
  3. In the left pane, browse to a print server and select the printer object you wish to link.
  4. In the right pane, select the printer to be linked to.
  5. Click the green arrow in-between the two panes.
  6. The two printers will be linked, and conversions from the network printer to the direct IP printer will begin as clients check in.