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Getting Started

This chapter contains information on preparing for your IntranetWare HostPrint installation. This chapter includes:

This guide covers the installation and administration of HostPrint only. This guide does not include information on installing NetWare, NetWare for SAA, IntranetWare for SAA, or NetWare for SAA Services Manager. Refer to the manuals for these products for that information.

HostPrint 1.x users should review Appendix A "Migrating from HostPrint 1.x to HostPrint 2.0" and Appendix B, "Differences Between HostPrint 1.x and HostPrint 2.0" before installing HostPrint 2.0.

IntranetWare HostPrint Overview

HostPrint is a NetWare Loadable Module (NLM) that provides IBM 3287 Systems Network Architecture (SNA) LU Type 1 (LU1) and LU Type 3 (LU3) host printer sessions on a NetWare server that has IWSAA software installed on it. With HostPrint, users can print IBM mainframe EBCDIC print jobs on LAN ASCII printers, using NetWare print capabilities. See Figure 1-1.

Figure 1-1
IntranetWare HostPrint Configuration

HostPrint provides logical connections between IBM SNA hosts and NetWare print queues, and datastream translation between EBCDIC and ASCII. With HostPrint, the network administrator can configure printer logical units (LUs) at the IWSAA server instead of having to configure them at individual workstations. Print jobs can be directed to any Novell Directory Service (NDS) print queue.

IntranetWare HostPrint Installation and
Configuration Overview

To use HostPrint, you must install the program files, load the software, and configure HostPrint. Before you use HostPrint, you will need to do the following:

1. Gather the information HostPrint needs before you begin the installation process (see the section "Preinstallation Checklist" on page 1-5 later in this chapter for more information).
2. Set up the installation program.
Before you install HostPrint, you must first copy the installation software to the system, or set up the CD-ROM drive of the system you want to use to perform the installation. All installation methods require at least one machine with a CD-ROM drive (workstation or server). Your choices are as follows:
· Installing from a local server's DOS partition (hard disk or CD-ROM)
· Installing from a local server's NetWare volume (hard disk or CD-ROM)
· Installing from a remote server's NetWare volume (hard disk or CD-ROM)
See the section "Setting Up the Installation Software" in Chapter 2 for more information.
3. Install the program files (see the section "Installing the IntranetWare HostPrint Files" on page 2-7 in Chapter 2).
4. Define HostPrint print devices.
HostPrint ships with three default print definition format (.PDF) files (PCL, PostScript®, and PPDS). When you install HostPrint, the installation program automatically creates three NDS HostPrint print devices from these .PDF files.
If you cannot use the print devices created during installation, you can use the HostPrint print device definition utility, HPDEFW, to import or create print devices (see Chapter 3), or you can use NWAdmin to import print devices.
5. Create print job configurations (see Chapter 4). The print job configuration points to the HostPrint print device, the NDS printer or print queue, and the mode (portrait or landscape) to be used during printing. A print job configuration maps all this information to one name.
6. Configure the HostPrint print job configuration name you created to map to an IWSAA logical unit (LU) (see Chapter 5).
Mapping the print job configuration name to the IWSAA LU is the connection that allows HostPrint to print from IBM mainframes using NetWare printing capabilities.
7. Load HostPrint on the IWSAA server (see Chapter 6).
You manage HostPrint sessions using SSM (Chapter 7).

Additional definitions are required at the mainframe to identify the HostPrint LUs to VTAM and VTAM applications (for example, JES, CICS, or RSCS).

Figure 1-2 provides a map of the HostPrint installation and configuration procedures.

Figure 1-2
IntranetWare HostPrint Procedures

Preinstallation Checklist

Before you install and configure HostPrint, read the following list to be sure you have the necessary information when HostPrint prompts you for it.

· Check the HostPrint README file for last-minute updates to the installation and configuration procedures.

· Make sure you have a user ID that has administrative rights equivalent to ADMIN.

· Identify the host link names (also known as service profile names) that contain host printer sessions.

These names must be the same ones specified with IWSAA Administrator when IWSAA was installed. If you are unsure if the name you want to use contains host printer sessions, you can check it with the IWSAA Administrator.

· Identify the dedicated LU names for host printer sessions.

LU names can define displays or printers; be sure you identify only those that represent printer sessions.

· For each dedicated LU name, identify the EBCDIC code page number.

The EBCDIC code page number must describe the data being sent by your host printer application (for example, code page 037 is commonly used in the United States).

· Identify the NDS print queues HostPrint will use and the locations of these print queues within the NDS tree.

· Identify all the NDS print queues to which HostPrint will print.

Identify the printers by type (for example, PCL or PostScript).

· For each printer, identify the ASCII code page number (for example, 100 for a Hewlett-Packard LaserJet PCL printer).

· Check the HostPrint minimum requirements listed in the section "Software Requirements" on page 2-1 in Chapter 2.

What's Next?

The next chapter provides step-by-step instructions on installing the HostPrint files.

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