What is the iPrint ShortInstallName feature?

  • 7003076
  • 21-Apr-2009
  • 26-Apr-2012

Environment

Novell iPrint for Linux Open Enterprise Server
Novell iPrint for NetWare
Novell iPrint Client for Windows

Situation

What is the iPrint ShortInstallName feature?
How is it enabled?
What are the benefits?

Resolution

What is the iPrint ShortInstallName feature?
Without the ShortInstallName feature enabled, iPrint printers installed to the Windows workstation can be lengthy.  For example:

   [pa_name] on [ipp://IPorDNS]
      or
   MyColorPrinter on ipp://printmanagername.abc-companyname.com

When using the ShortInstallName feature, the printer name will be shortened to:

   MyColorPrinter on WhateverName


How is it enabled?
The ShortInstallName feature is enabled within the iprint.ini on the server:

   NetWare:  sys:\Apache2\htdocs\ippdocs\iprint.ini
   Linux:  /var/opt/novell/iprint/htdocs/iprint.ini

Change
   ShortInstallName = DEFAULT
      to
   ShortInstallName = whatevername

The short name must be unique for each Print Manager.  For this feature to take effect on the workstation requires the printer to be installed after the change is made within the iprint.ini. 

The ShortInstallName chosen by the administrator in the iprint.ini is written to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Printers\,,[ShortInstallName] after the printer is installed to the workstation.
The ShortInstallName "resolves" to the value shown in: 
HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Printers\,,[ShortInstallName],[PrinterName]\iHost Address
 
What are the benefits?
There are two main benefits to this feature:

1.  End user convenience

When a user opens the Windows print dialog within an application, a list of installed printers is displayed.  Depending on the application the iPrint printer name could be displayed as:

\\ipp://printmanager.abc-companyname.com/MyColorPrinter

The dialog window may not be wide enough for the end user to see the important part of the name; "MyColorPrinter"

Some appplicaitons will show the printer name as:
MyColorPrinter on ipp://printmanagername.abc-companyname.com

This method of listing the printer allows the end user to see the name of the printer, regardless of the URL length, but there is often no reason to expose the server's address to the end user.  A name defined by the administrator might be more appropriate and/or less confusing for the end user.

2.  Performance

Some versions of Windows and/or some applications (such as certain versions of Adobe) do not efficiently handle printer names greater than 32 characters.  This results in slow printing.  Using the ShortInstallName feature can help keep the name under that limit.  See KB 7002901 for an example of this issue.

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