Print Console allows centralised control of all printing activity on a network of Windows 2000/NT Servers and workstations, Windows 3.11, Windows 95/98, Unix, OS/2 or Apple Macintosh Workstations.
Printers may be directly connected to a Windows NT Print Server via a COM or LPT port, or network-connected, either through a built-in network card or via a device which interfaces the network to an LPT1 style connector. (This device is often called a “Printer Server” do not confuse this with the Windows NT Print Server machine).
This advanced technology is purely software based and does not replace anything in NT itself.
The document view (see Screen Shots below) shows all of the documents for the selected printer(s). Documents can be paused/restarted/deleted etc. The Document view supports sorting by any of the columns, both ascending and descending. The Document view also supports customizing the column layout, so you can drag-and-drop the columns into the order that you want them.
Print Console Components
Print Console consists of a Windows NT application runs on the any Windows NT Server or Workstation on your network.
Print Console supports an unlimited number of printers in a domain.
The PrintFolders tab (see Sheet Shots below) allows grouping of printers into logical "folders" which you create. Printers can be sorted by their name, document count or status. Clicking on a print folder allows you to perform actions on all printers in the folder, such as pausing/resuming/purging, etc. The Network tab allows you to navigate directly to a printer in your network, and manage it. There is no need to install the printer first (as in Windows NT).
Print Console gives you the power to:
- Control multiple printers with the click of a button.
- Arrange printers into logical groups, allowing you to perform actions on groups of printers that you select.
- View print jobs from multiple printers, all in one view.
- Once Print Console is loaded you can search for printers over the network to add as many printers as you want.
- Make copies of existing printers with the click of a button.
- Automatically add locate and track printers in a domain, or even in an entire network.
- Colonize printers based on criteria you select. Such as “Printers with error show up in red”
- Sort printers based on criteria you select. Such as “Order printers by document count”, so the busiest printers show up on top.
Other print management tools are:
Print Manager Plus
Print Manager allows centralized tracking and auditing of all printing activity on a network of Windows NT servers. This is information that can be used to bill users, clients or departments; to track usage patterns and cut down on wasted printing (Toner, Paper, Printers).
Print Queue Manager
Print Queue Manager Plus for Windows NT. This product allows full printing management for a Windows NT network. Features include Print ReDirection, Printing Disaster Recovery, Load Balancing, Printer Status, Printer Grouping, Print Broadcasting.
Images, Diagrams and Screen Shots
OS Platform Supported
Windows 2000 Server
Windows 2000 Professional
Windows NT4 Server (SP4 or higher)
Windows NT4 Workstation (SP4 or higher)
Minimum Hardware Required
CPU Pentium 166
HD (Install) 8MB
HD (Operating) 8MB
Q: Print Console - what about managing Intel print servers, which I are most of my networked printers?
A: Print Console can manage any printer that is found on an NT network. It doesn`t matter how it is connected to the network. They will appear in the network tab of Print Console.
Q: How do I customize the Toolbar?
A: Select the menu item “Tools->Customize”. Once in this dialog, you can drag and drop items on the Print Console window to new locations. You can move menus to toolbars and vice-versa.
Q: How do I add printers to a print folder?
A: Right click on the PrintFolders view, and select “New Folder”. The new folder will be added to the bottom of the PrintFolders view, and you will be able to edit the folder name. To delete a printer, right click on the printer and select “Remove Printer From Folder”. You can also select the printer, then press the Delete key.
Q: Print Console is running kind of slow. Is there anything I can do to speed it up?
A: Print Console has many features which are specifically designed for performance. Print Console is designed to handle thousands of printers with multiple thousands of print jobs, with little overhead, and fast performance. If you are experiencing slow-downs, you should try some of the following tips:
1.Turn turning off advanced printer error detection, through Tools->Options.
2.If it is related to a printer, try removing the printer and see if the problem goes away.
3. Try turning off sorting in both the PrintFolders view and the Document View.
Q: How do I add all printers on a domain or network to a folder?
A: Right-Click the folder which you want to add the printers to, and select “Add Printer to Folder”. Navigate to the domain you want to add and click the selection checkbox. You do not need to expand the domain, simply click the selection checkbox. Print Console will then display a dialog while it locates all of the printers in the domain