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API for managing Pharos devices and queues?

Question asked by mdb305@psu.edu on Apr 19, 2013
Latest reply on Apr 19, 2013 by Michael Ward

I'm really glad to see that Pharos created a user community. Printing Management seems like a lost art these days, so it's great to have a venue to talk about it. Anyway...

 

We provide a central service to other units in the organization that allows them to leverage our print chargeback system. As a result, we must define and manage their print queues in Pharos. We currently have 200+ printers in the system. As you can imagine, managing the settings and configuration of all these queues can be a somewhat tedious process, so we're trying to find a way shift into a self-service model instead of having units e-mail us when things need to be changed or added. Ideally, we would like to provide a way for participants to define their own printers and queues, but while adhering to some of our rules. For example, we have a specific naming scheme for the pharos printers and queues that we follow. Additionally, we don't want to maintain a separate print server for every unit, as that could create significant maintenance overhead. The user rights management that Pharos introduced in 8.2 was definitely a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, we need to maintain a bit more control over how users define print queues.

 

We have considered designing a simple web interface that would allow units to define their own printers and queues, then apply permissions to the print queue itself so that they can manage documents and printer settings. However, we'd like to have some sort of way to do this in Pharos, rather than creating the print queues and then mucking about in the Pharos database in order to add them to Pharos. Is there a supported way to do this? Additionally, I'd be interested to hear if anyone else is responsible for a similar print chargeback service, and how they are coordinating it.

 

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