Solaris Print Manager is a Java-based graphical user interface that enables you to manage local and remote printer access. This tool can be used in the following name service environments: LDAP, NIS, NIS+, and files. You must be logged in as superuser to use this tool.
Using Solaris Printer Manager is the preferred method for managing printer access because Solaris Print Manager centralizes printer information when it is used in a name service environment.
Adding printer information to a name service makes access to printers available to all systems on the network and generally makes printer administration easier because all the information about printers is centralized.
Solaris Print Manager may be run on a remote system with the display sent to the local system. See the System Administration Guide: Solaris Printing for instructions on setting the DISPLAY environment variable.
Using Solaris Print Manager to perform printer-related tasks automatically updates the appropriate printer databases. Solaris Print Manager also includes a command-line console that displays the lp command line for the add, modify, and delete printer operations. Errors and warnings may also be displayed when Printer Manager operations are performed.
Help is available by clicking the Help button.
Solaris Print Manager enables you to do the following tasks:
Select a Name Service
Add Access to a Printer
Add an Attached Printer
Add a Network Printer
Modify Printer Properties
Delete a Printer
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:
ldap(1), lpget(1M), lpset(1M), attributes(5)
System Administration Guide: Solaris Printing for information on LDAP server replication.
Although users can use the LDAP command line utilities ldapadd(1) and ldapmodify(1)to update printer entries in the directory, the preferred method is to use lpset. Otherwise, if the lpadd and lpmodify utilities are used, the administrator must ensure that the printer-name attribute value is unique within the ou=printers container on the LDAP server. If the value is not unique, the result of modifications done using lpset or the Solaris Print Manager, printmgr may be unpredictable.