How to Start Using Serverless Printing
Print servers create a lot of challenges for enterprises. In this day and age, using them is like limiting yourself to calling from public payphones when there’s already a smartphone in your pocket. Those payphones used to be an important tool for communication, but now their limitations make them look quaint. The same goes for print servers—especially now that there’s a simpler, more robust, and more scalable solution.
That solution is serverless printing from PrinterLogic. Here’s what you need to know to get started.
What is Serverless Printing?
With serverless printing, end-users send their documents to network printers directly. There’s no need to route anything through a single node. In the past, this kind of enterprise printing without print servers was really only possible through conventional direct IP printing. Technology has since matured to solve that management dilemma. Today, serverless print management makes it possible to administer a massive, multi-location print environment from a single pane of glass.
The Solution: Eliminate Print Servers with PrinterLogic
Serverless print management is the perfect solution for the enterprise that wants immediate relief from the ongoing hassle of print servers.
And with PrinterLogic, the advantages of serverless printing get even better. That’s because our solution is so easy to deploy and use. We provide fast and reliable serverless printing that our clients love.
Setting up PrinterLogic is simple. It’s just three steps:
1. Install the PrinterLogic Application
We’ve designed our serverless printing application to roll out as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Your IT staff can use the PrinterLogic application package to install the IIS role, the PrinterLogic web application, and the PrinterLogic database on either a physical or virtual server running Windows Server 2008 R2 or newer.
2. Import Your Printers
With serverless print management from PrinterLogic, the only thing you’re removing from the equation is the print server. You can keep using your existing printing objects and drivers. And we even have an automated migration tool to make it as easy as possible.
Once your IT staff accesses the PrinterLogic Admin Console via a web browser, all of your existing settings, preferences, and so on are copied into the PrinterLogic application. There’s no need to worry about information getting lost or changed. The information transfer happens quickly, too, so you can start using your printers again as soon as possible.
After the import finishes, the IT staff can keep using the Admin Console to manage printer objects. There’s more detail on that below.
3. Install the PrinterLogic Client
Your IT staff will then deploy the PrinterLogic Client to all workstations. The Client takes over from there. It serves as the liaison between the end-user’s workstation and the main PrinterLogic application.
Thanks to this unique client–instance model, you get more than just improved printer management. You’ll also have access to detailed information about print jobs, including reports with printing summaries by department. That marks the first step towards getting broader printing costs, such as consumables, under control.
Now that we’ve looked at PrinterLogic’s ease of setup, how easy is it to use for daily printing and administration?
PrinterLogic’s serverless printing architecture is all about making things efficient and intuitive.
Here are some of its most important front- and backend components.
PrinterLogic’s Admin Console
The Admin Console is a web-based application that lets you view and control all your printers from a single pane of glass.
From the Admin Console, you can view your entire fleet of printers and select any one of them from a tree view of your organization. Drill down your search by country and state or by region, building, and flood number.
Users can also enter or edit any attributes for the printer that they select. They may perform several print management functions such as adding, editing, or deleting printers.
Basically, you and your IT team can think of the Admin Console as your one-stop shop for all printer info and interactions.
Self-Service Printer Installation Portal
With PrinterLogic’s Self-Service Installation Portal, your end-users can pretty much get by without ever having to call the service desk for printer installation again. The portal makes it easy for them to identify and safely install printers with a single click. They can even use floorplan maps to choose and install printers.
The PrinterLogic Client is a key piece of software installed on the end-user’s computer, enabling that computer to communicate with PrinterLogic.
The Client checks in with PrinterLogic on a regular basis. If your administrator has made changes to settings or updates to drivers that are already installed on the computer, the Client applies those changes automatically.
The PrinterLogic client works quietly in the background, freeing end-users and IT staff from unnecessary complexity. It performs print management tasks automatically and in real time.
How to Get Started With PrinterLogic
Ready to simplify your print infrastructure while getting much more out of it? Then it’s time to get started with PrinterLogic. All it takes is four simple steps.
1. Help us get to know you.
First, we want to get to know your organization and your printing needs so that we can serve you best. Just fill out this form to get started. We’ll reach out to schedule a time for us to chat.
2. Get all your questions answered.
Curious about pricing? Unsure about what options are available? Have a question about how exactly PrinterLogic would be implemented at your company? On your personalized call, we’ll answer any questions you might have.
3. Start your free trial.
After your call, you’ll have the option to start a free, no-risk 30-day trial of PrinterLogic. The best part? PrinterLogic will work alongside your existing print environment without disrupting anything during your demo. Should you have any questions about the software, your dedicated PrinterLogic engineer will be “highly available.”
4. Kiss your print servers goodbye.
Once you feel confident that PrinterLogic is the right print management solution for your company, we’ll guide you through every step of the way. Along with helping you eliminate your print servers for good, we’ll also support you with any specialized use cases you might have.
Ready to see the difference for yourself? Contact PrinterLogic today. We can’t wait for you to see the difference that serverless printing will make for your enterprise.