RPM Remote Print Manager Legacy Windows Printing Guide

The purpose of this document is to assist you in configuring your computer running Windows NT 4.0 to print through RPM. It is intended for network and systems administrators. For these instructions, you need to know the IP address or DNS hostname of the computer on which RPM is installed.

Creating a Queue in RPM

  1. In RPM, choose Create from the Queue menu.
  2. Enter the name of the new queue you wish to add and click Create. The new queue will be created.
  3. Highlight the queue and choose Settings from the Queue menu. Add the action(s) necessary to produce your desired results. For instance, if you want to archive the file to disk, add Archive to disk. If you want to print the documents, choose a Raw printer action.
  4. Now add any transforms you require. Windows applications send complex print data, which can limit the number of useful transforms. Using transforms such as converting to PDF or removing PCL codes may not produce desirable results.

Note: These instructions are intended to provide only a brief introduction on RPM configuration. For more detailed instructions, refer to the RPM manual.

Creating a Windows LPR Printer

  1. We recommend you perform a telnet test to verify your computer can connection to RPM. To do so, type the following at a command prompt (cmd.exe): telnet <address> 515. Substitute the IP address or hostname of your RPM host where appropriate.
  2. A successful connection shows a "connected to <address>," message indicating connectivity. After pressing Enter, the connection will close and show a "unknown LPD command" message. If the RPM log has this same message, your telnet test was successful.
  3. In the Control Panel, select the Network icon to access the network properties. In the Services tab, verify Microsoft TCP/IP Printing is listed. If not, press the Add button and follow the wizard to install it. When finished, close the Network dialog.
  4. In the Windows Printers folder, select Add Printer. Review the Add Printer Wizard's introduction page and click Next.
  5. In the first step, choose My Computer and click Next.
  6. When prompted, select Add Port. In the Printer Ports dialog, highlight LPR Port and click New Port.
  7. Enter the RPM host's IP address in Name or address of server providing LPD and the RPM queue name in the field labeled Name of printer or print queue on that server. Click Next.
  8. After closing the Printer Ports dialog, you should now see the new port in the Add Printer Wizard. It will be selected for you automatically. Click Next.
  9. Complete the Add Printer Wizard by selecting the correct printer software. Depending on your RPM configuration, you might use the Generic/Text Only print driver or the print driver for the actual printer if you are using a raw printer action.

For creating an LPR printer on Windows 2000 or later, refer to our new Windows Setup Guide.