Portal Settings

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 "Printers Near Me": Printer IP Based:
    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 many folders are in the same subnet as the end user, the parent folder in common will be opened automatically.
  • Enable "Printers Near Me": Subnet Range Based:
    This setting will cause the Printer Installer Portal, when opened, to automatically open Printer Install Portal to the parent folder of the subnet object the end-user matches. Enabling this feature requires that you create Subnet objects in the tree and place them in folders. If "Enable Printers Near Me: Printer IP Based" 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 “Enable Printers Near me: Printer IP Based” option), you can create subnet objects with IP ranges of the users in a location, and then place the subnet 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 subnet object that contains the end user’s IP address.

  • Enable "Install Client" link:
    Show the "Install Printer Installer Client" link on the Printer Install Portal.
  • 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:
    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 or /example.html

    Header Height
    : Specify the number of pixels that you want the header frame height to be on the portal page.

    Note: To specify a graphic (company logo, instructions, helpdesk phone number, etc) to be shown on the Printer Install Portal above the application in the header area, or to change the default "Company Logo" image to your own image, do the following:

  1. Replace the "company_logo.png" file in the <PrinterInstallerWebsiteRootFolder>portal folder with your own company_logo.png file.
  2. Set the Header Height value to the height that looks best for your logo image.