Migrate from unmanaged direct IP to managed direct IP

Printer Installer makes it easy to migrate from unmanaged direct IP printing to Printer Installer managed direct IP printing. Follow the below steps to automate the migration:

1. Create TCP/IP printer objects in Printer Installer manually or by using the import feature.

2. Deploy the Printer Installer Client to the workstations. When the client is installed it will automatically match any direct IP printer found on the workstation that has a port that matches a direct IP printer in Printer Installer, and begin managing the printer.

FAQ's:

How does the client match the printers?

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.

What settings are managed when the printer becomes a managed printer?

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.