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Upgrading to XP! Woo Hoo!

My employer never updated their processes to provision NDPS printers
beyond the stage where we all used NWAdmin to administer NDPS.

This means that all of our desktop users, who are running XP, are
running drivers out of the various brokers' W2K databases because
NWAdmin's NDPS utilities don't know about XP.

Obviously I'd love to update things here, and have started by using
iManager and loading XP drivers in for the new printers.

I have a few questions:

1. If I provide an XP printer driver for a printer where the XP desktop
already has installed the W2K driver, does NDPS automatically pick up
the new XP driver and replace the current "W2K" driver? I can imagine
adding XP drivers to the Brokers, and modifying each printer object so
that it now has an XP driver as well as the current W2K driver, only to
have an entire office suddenly install a new driver at the next reboot
(and the corresponding calls to support).

2. Is there a way to run a report on the version of the drivers on each
broker? Part of what is missing here is some sort of control over
versioning, and it's anyone's guess what versions are actually being used.

3. Is there a way to do a bulk transfer from a W2K driver store in a
broker to the XP driver store? And, is there a way to copy (replicate)
a complete driver store to the various brokers?

Thanks!

Tim Wohlford




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Tim,

1 - If you tell iprint to update the workstations, the driver(s) will be
updated)

2 - No report that I know of. What's worse, is you can't see what versions
are actually in the broker, you have to look at a printer after you've
installed it to a workstation to see the driver version.

3 - Sorry I don't know.

>>> On 2/5/2008 at 10:53 AM, in message

<1E%pj.29686$k06.22882@kovat.provo.novell.com>, Tim
Wohlford<tim@wohlford.net> wrote:
> My employer never updated their processes to provision NDPS printers
> beyond the stage where we all used NWAdmin to administer NDPS.
>
> This means that all of our desktop users, who are running XP, are
> running drivers out of the various brokers' W2K databases because
> NWAdmin's NDPS utilities don't know about XP.
>
> Obviously I'd love to update things here, and have started by using
> iManager and loading XP drivers in for the new printers.
>
> I have a few questions:
>
> 1. If I provide an XP printer driver for a printer where the XP desktop
>
> already has installed the W2K driver, does NDPS automatically pick up
> the new XP driver and replace the current "W2K" driver? I can imagine
> adding XP drivers to the Brokers, and modifying each printer object so
> that it now has an XP driver as well as the current W2K driver, only to
> have an entire office suddenly install a new driver at the next reboot
> (and the corresponding calls to support).
>
> 2. Is there a way to run a report on the version of the drivers on each
>
> broker? Part of what is missing here is some sort of control over
> versioning, and it's anyone's guess what versions are actually being
> used.
>
> 3. Is there a way to do a bulk transfer from a W2K driver store in a
> broker to the XP driver store? And, is there a way to copy (replicate)
> a complete driver store to the various brokers?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Tim Wohlford

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I copy the XP driver store from server to server with no issues. In my
case, I'm only copying the XP drivers and this is only on NetWare servers.
I don't know if this is possible on SUSE. I copy the
sys:ndps\resdir\ENGLISH\Prndrv\winXP directory to the other brokers after a
new driver is installed so that they all have the same drivers available.
After the copy, just go to the broker on the destination server consoles and
stop/restart RMS.

I'd guess that some of the W2K drivers you have are not compatible with XP.
So, I would not recommend trying to copy the win2000 drivers to the winXP
folder.

Jay

> 3. Is there a way to do a bulk transfer from a W2K driver store in a
> broker to the XP driver store? And, is there a way to copy (replicate) a
> complete driver store to the various brokers?



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