How to print to an iPrint printer without the iPrint Client

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  • 20-May-2011
  • 21-Nov-2017

Environment

Novell iPrint for Linux Open Enterprise Server
Novell iPrint for NetWare Novell NetWare 6.5
Novell iPrint Client for Windows
Micro Focus iPrint Appliance

Situation

This document explains how to configure a Microsoft IPP printer to send print jobs to an iPrint printer hosted on a NetWare or Linux server.  This configuration does not use the Novell iPrint Client.

Resolution

With Windows XP, the iPrint Client must be removed.  With Windows 7, 8, and 10, the steps are valid for scenarios with and without the iPrint Client installed.

Windows XP
  1. Open the Printers and Faxes Window
  2. Add Printer -> Next
  3. Select A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer
  4. Select Connect to a printer on the Internet or on a home or office network
    • For the URL, enter: http://x.x.x.x/ipp/[PAname]
      • Replace xxxxxxx with the DNS or IP address of the iPrint server.  Replace [PAName] with the name of the iPrint printer. 
        • Example:
          • http://myiprintserver.company.com:631/ipp/HPLJ4200Flr2
  5. Answer the default printer question.
  6. Click Finish
Windows 7, and 8
  1. Open the Devices and Printers window
  2. Add Printer
  3. Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer
  4. Click The printer that I want isn't listed
  5. Enter  http://xxxxxxx:631/ipp/[PAName] into the Select a shared Printer by name field and click Next
  6. Select the printer driver.

Windows 10

  1. Go to Printers & Scanners
  2. Click the + button next to Add a printer or scanner
  3. Wait a few seconds, then choose:
    • The printer that I want isn't listed
  4. Choose the "Select a shared printer by name" option and provide:
    • http://xxxxxxx:631/ipp/[PAName]
      • Replace xxxxxxx with the DNS or IP address of the iPrint server.  Replace [PAName] with the name of the iPrint printer. 
        • Example:
          • http://myiprintserver.company.com:631/ipp/HPLJ4200Flr2
  5. Follow the prompts.

Additional Information

There are significant limitations to this configuration, mainly:

  • Lose the convenient web browser click a link install of an iPrint printer.
  • Lose all the features within iPrint Client Management
  • No Printer Driver Profiles ability
  • No ability to use iPrint Direct
  • Does not work if there is a space in the name.
This configuration can be advantageous if
  • there is a requirement to not install the iPrint client to the workstation.
  • there is a need to test whether a certain problem is specific to the iPrint client, or the problem also exists an MS IPP configured printer.
    • The iPrint client uses the Microsoft IPP stack and the Microsoft Network Print Provider technology.  If the problem exists at the MS IPP level, then a Novell iPrint printer configuration will also have the problem.