Import Novell Printers

Importing Novell Printer Objects & Converting End User's Novell Printers

To import printer objects from Novell, do the following from an XP machine with the Novell Client installed and the current user logged into the Novell tree:

  1. Log in to the Printer Installer Administrator
  2. Click the tools menu
  3. Select Import, Novell Printers.  The Printer Import dialog will open.
  4. Select the Novell printer object(s) on the left and the desired target folder on the right.
    1. If you would like to link a Novell printer object to an existing Printer Installer printer, select the Printer Installer printer in the right pane instead of a folder.
  5. Click the green arrow.  The printers will then be copied to the desired folder.

Items copied:

  • Printer Name
  • Drivers
  • Comments
  • Locations
  • Printer profile (optional)

6. Convert the end users Novell printers.  See the section "Converting Existing End User Printers" below.

Printer Migration Options

You can set the following options when importing printers from Novell to Printer Installer:

  • Automatically prompt when user intervention is required
    For example if there is an existing printer on the Windows print server with the same name as a printer being migrated, Printer Installer Migrator will show a dialog box for you to specify a new printer name. If this option were disabled the dialog box would not be presented and the printer would be shown in the migration queue with an error instead of halting the migrations of the remaining printers.
  • Always create RAW TCP/IP ports regardless of iPrint or NDPS port settings
    Enabling this option will cause Novell printers setup as LPR printers to be created as as RAW TCP/IP on the Windows print server.
  • Enable SNMP on created TCP/IP ports
    Enabling this option will enable the SNMP option when creating the printer on the Windows print server.
  • Perform a ping test on printers during migration and indicate error if ping failed
    Before the printer is migrated a ping will be sent to the DNS name or IP address of the printer, if the ping fails the printer will be listed in the migration queue with an error indicating the ping failed.
  • Require Novell printers to be installed locally and copy printer preferences from it when creating the printer
    To successfully migrate a printer the printer must be installed on the computer running Printer Installer Migrator. Printer preferences and device settings will be copied from the printer and applied to the printer being created on the Windows print server. Note: Only 32bit printer profiles are imported.
  • Use the full DNS name instead of IP address when creating TCP/IP printer ports
    Enabling this option causes Printer Installer Migrator to do a nslookup on the printers IP address and will then use the full DNS name for the port value when creating the printer. If a NDPS/iPrint printer has a DNS name in the port value, it will use the value.
  • Use the short DNS name instead of the IP address when creating TCP/IP printer ports
    Same as the above option but it will only use the short DNS value.  For example, if Printer Installer Migrator does an nslookup on 1.1.1.1 and it returns printer1.domain.com, only "printer1" will be used for the port value when creating the printer.


Options for Printers in the Migration Queue

  • Change Windows Printer Name
    Click the printer name, or right click the printer line in the queue to access this option. Renames the printer during migration.
  • Cancel Incomplete Operation
    Right click the printer in the queue to access this option. Stops any incomplete migration operations.
  • Retry Incomplete Operation
    Right click the printer in the queue to access this option. Retries the current migration operation.
  • Find Migrated/Mapped Printer in Novell Tree
    Right click the printer in the right pane to access this option. Allows you to find a previously migrated printer in the left pane.

Additional Features

  • Start/Stop the migrator queue
    Using the Stop/Start button in the lower left, you can stop and start the migrator queue at any time.
  • Unmigrate/Unmap a printer
    After a printer has been migrated, you can right-click the new printer in the right pane and unmigrate it. The printer will be deleted from Active Directory and will not be migrated on any further end-user workstations.


Symbol Legend

Green Check - Successfully migrated printer.
Green Circle - Printer currently being migrated.
Grey Circle - Printer queued for migration.
Red Circle with Exclamation - Printer failed to migrate. Hover over printer or see printer queue for details.

Converting existing end user printers

You can have the Client automatically and silently convert end user's existing Novell printers to the newly created TCP/IP printers.  To convert the existing end user printers do the following:

  1. Open the Printer Installer Administrator and select Tools > Settings > Client.
  2. Enable the Enable Printer Installer Client to Convert Novell Printers to TCP/IP printers option.
    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 Novell 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 Novell printers will be converted.  See "Options for Converting End User iPrint Printers" below.

The following settings will determine how the Printer Name, Location, Comments, Port, Driver, and Profile of the printer are managed during the migration:

Tools > Settings > Client > Sync General / Port: If enabled, the unmanaged direct IP printer Printer Name, Location, and Comment fields will be synced with the matching printer’s values.

Tools > Settings > Client > Sync Driver: If enabled, the unmanaged direct IP printer driver will be synced with the matching printer’s driver.

Tools > Settings > Client > Sync Profile: If enabled, the unmanaged direct IP printer profile will be synced with the matching printer’s profile. To successfully sync the profile, the printer must have the same driver the profile is associated to in Printer Installer. If you enable the “Driver Sync” option, the driver will be the same since it is being synced by the client.

FAQ's

Q: What drivers will be included when the printer is imported?
A: 32bit: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
64bit: Windows Vista, Windows 7

Q: Can printer profiles be included when the printer is imported?
A: Yes. Enable the"Require Novell printers to be installed locally and copy printer" option.

Q: How does the client match the printers?

A: The client will do the following to match the ports:

  • If port value is an IP address, it will search Printer Installer for a printer with a matching port IP address. If no match is found, it will try a nslookup on the IP address and search Printer Installer for a printer with a matching host name.
  • If port value is a host name, it will search Printer Installer for a printer with a matching host name. If no match is found, it will resolve the host name to an IP address and then search Printer Installer for a printer with a matching host name.