Amalgamate printer queues from load-balanced print servers
on 14 August 2020 01:13 PM
Is there a way in PaperCut to amalgamate printer queues, that is to make identically-named print queues from different servers appear under the same “printer” in PaperCut?
Maybe your organization is clustering your print servers, and you’ve set up two print servers with identical print queues. Now what you see in PaperCut is two or more print queues like this:
While this is functional, it does pose a challenge for PaperCut administrators who now have to configure twice as many print queues. Also when running reports, print totals and history will be split across two separate queues. (If you have duplicate print queues after renaming your migrating your print server, and you want to get rid of one of them, you probably want to look at this article on renaming printers instead.
One solution to this problem is to edit a configuration file on each of the redundant print servers to specify an alias. We have to warn you that this solution was introduced in the early days of PaperCut and we’ve since discovered it is not compatible with certain features like Web Print, Find-Me Printing, or Hardware Page Validation. As a result we cannot recommend this configuration for most installations. Proceed with caution.
We’ll explain by example how server aliasing can be useful:
Normal Setup in PaperCut:
Aliased setup in PaperCut:
Many PaperCut features might not work properly when the servername alias has been set.
Q Are there other ways to merge printers in PaperCut?
If this article doesn’t quite match your situation, but you are still looking to combine/merge/amalgamate printers in PaperCut then check out the section on printers in our article on merging data.