Print Queue Manager has a strong set of management features. It is no longer necessary to walk to a remote server to handle those printers and solve all kinds of printer problems. Your users will be notified with Pop-Up notifications, when printers go down, get errors or when their print jobs have been moved to another printer.
With Windows 2000 / 2003, managing printers requires you to install each printer driver locally and view each of the queues in a separate window. That is a real pain if you get into any normal production environment.
Print Queue Manager eliminates the need to install printers locally and all your network printers can be managed from a single window! With Print Queue Managers Print Folder's, common tasks that used to take you hours and hours now can be done with the click of a button. Print Queue Manager is a unique, first in its kind utility. It was built from the ground up for NT (not ported from Unix) and handles from just a few printers to thousands of printers spread across your entire enterprise network.
With Print Queue Manager's exclusive APM ™ (Automatic Print Management) technology, which provides the ability to move jobs between printers, you have the power to eliminate printer downtime and identify printing bottlenecks anywhere on the network.
- Manual Redirect - Drag and Drop Enabled. Manually redirect print jobs with ease by dragging and dropping your files from one printer to another or set up APM (Automatic Print Management) to automatically redirect print jobs.
Enable APM for ALL new Jobs
- Move ALL print jobs to another printer.
- Copy ALL print jobs to another printer or printers. This would handle Print Broadcasting of print jobs.
- Delete ALL print jobs in that queue.
- Pause ALL print jobs in that queue.
Enable APM only when the printer is down or has an error
- Move ALL print jobs to another printer when printer is down or has an error.
- Copy ALL print jobs to another printer when printer is down or has an error.
- Delete ALL print jobs when the printer is down or has an error.
- Pause ALL print jobs when the printer is down or has an error.
Enable APM for Load Balancing
- Move jobs to another printer when the print queue has more that # of documents.
- Move jobs to another printer when the print queue has more than # of bytes.
- Move jobs if the printer errors.
- APM Notifications:
APM will notify users with a pop-up message for each of the above permission settings
- POP-UP Messages using the messaging service on NT
- POP-UP Messages using winpopup on Windows 95/98
With all these exclusive and revolutionary features, Print Queue Manager is THE print management solution for your Windows 2000/NT network.
Print Queue Manager also features a spectacular client piece that can be run on NT Workstation. You can then fully operate the APM Service drag and drop redirect and many other features including:
Print Queue Manager Remote Client Features:
- Remotely view all domain(s) printers
- Remotely view all printer print jobs
- Pause, Restart, Purge Printers
- Pause, Delete, Resume, and Restart print jobs
- View printer properties
- Add or edit local printer properties
- Install duplicate network printers
- View remote printer status
- View number of documents in printer queue
Print Queue Manager Sorting Features
- Sort printers list by document
- Sort printers list by printer name.
- Sort printer list by printer status.
Print Job Sorting
- By Document Name
- By Printer Name
- By Status
- By Page Count
- By Owner
- By Time Submitted
- By Job Number
- By Priority
- By Size
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 Console is a remote network printing console for Windows Server 2003. This console allows an administrator to remotely see all printers in a domain or domains from his or hers workstation. Manipulate Print Jobs and Printers as if you were at that server.
Images, Diagrams and Screen Shots
Automated Print Management (APM) Wizard
The document view 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 Queue Manager Main Interface
The PrintFolders tab 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).
White Papers, Documents and Other Files
Print Queue Manager manual (PDF - 383,324 bytes)
OS Platform Supported
Windows 2003 Server
Windows 2003 Server Enterprise
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: Why does Print Queue Manager Update slowly?
A: If you are managing printers connected to a remote Windows NT server which is accessedthrough TCP/IP instead of NetBEUI, Print Queue Manager will only show updates once every 7 seconds. This is due to limitations of the Windows NT print spooler talking to servers through TCP/IP (usually the case in a heterogeneous network configured not to route Microsoft Networking packets).
Q: Why does Print Queue Manager not show my printer as having an error, even though the printer is down?
A: Print Queue Manager relies on the state of the printer and/or the jobs in the queue for it's reporting of errors. Errors on jobs are rolled up to the printer level in the Print Queue Manager display. If Windows is not properly setting the error state on a given job, then the printer state will not change to reflect this condition.
Q: Just because two printers have different drivers, why cannot I send jobs from between them?
A: Print Queue Manager moves jobs in their raw state, once they have already been converted to the native language of the original printer. To prevent sending the wrong datatype from one printer to another, Print Queue Manager will prevent you from moving the job. Pick a destination printer with the same datatype.
Q: To redirect jobs, why does my printer have to be set to "always spool raw"
A: As above, Print Queue Manager redirects the raw data of a job, and will only work if the job has been spooled by Windows in the raw format. Note that only jobs spooled AFTER setting this option will be redirectable.
Q: By turning my printers to "always spool raw" will I be slowing them down, or causing other problems?
A: No. There is no side-effect of setting the always spool raw flag. The only difference is that Windows will convert the job BEFORE it is spooled to disk, as opposed to after. Our tests have shown no noticeable performance differences (slower or faster).