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.
  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:


Options for Printers in the Migration Queue

Additional Features


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. Set the Enable Printer Installer Client to Convert Novell Printers to TCP/IP printers option, to enabled.
  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.



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