Are there any advantages/uses for adding SNMP and/or IPP services to the Uniprint server?
Microsoft has some scripting and Power Shell abilities that can be useful with automating/configuring printer setups for the Client computers, but these methods do not "inherit" the print queue configuration (# Trays, Paper Sizes, Mono/Color settings, etc.). Some (but not all) of these settings can be pre-set in the driver if you wish to edit the driver's default config, but with limited success. Granted, Uniprint has the Packages that can be used, but there are times/places where the packages are not desired (especially in places where the Popup and other components are not wanted/needed).
Can the communication/feedback the client computer can get with the server be enhanced by having the SNMP Services and/or the IPP (Internet Printing Client) active on the server? By default, the server does not have these services running, but is (of course) able to communicate (as a client) with printers that are SNMP and/or IPP enabled. What about the end user's computer as a client to the server (with SNMP and/or IPP services)?
For example, A Windows computer typically has Local Port and Standard TCP/IP protocols available for connecting to a printer. Install additional printer software and more protocols can be available (LPR, HP's protocols, etc.). Connecting to a print queue (without using a Uniprint package) usually means using either Local Port or LPR, but not Standard TCP/IP even though all three ask for server name and queue (or port).
If SNMP or IPP services are running on the server, can Standard TCP/IP be used to connect to a print queue on the server by specifying the server address and the Queue (as the Port name)?
We're playing around with some possible deployment methods want to increase the level of "feedback" the user's client computer can receive hopefully to provide the queue's configuration (obtained from the server) to apply to locally installed printer object or a printer object in the process of being setup on the user's computer. We want to try to do this without using the Uniprint packages, and without using the UNC path based shared network printer connection.
- Paul L.