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Managing IntranetWare HostPrint Sessions Using SSM


SSM integrates management of your IntranetWare HostPrint sessions with IWSAA server management. This chapter describes how to operate HostPrint using SSM.

Accessing the HostPrint Window

To access the HostPrint window, do the following:

1. Start SSM.
2. Select a server icon in a Managed Domain window or select a server name in the Server drop-down combo box in the left corner of the Tool Bar.
3. From the toolbar, select Server.
4. From the pull-down list, select HostPrint.
SSM opens the HostPrint window (Figure 7-1).
Figure 7-1
HostPrint Window

Table 7-1 describes the HostPrint window functions.
Table 7-1 : HostPrint functions

Field

Description

Printer Status

Displays print status messages for the selected HostPrint LU and print job configuration. Possible messages include the following:
Online
Indicates the printer is available.
Invalid Operation
Indicates a user attempted an unsupported operation.
PA1 signal sent to the host application
Indicates the PA1 command was issued.
PA2 signal sent to the host application
Indicates the PA2 command was issued.
Press PA1 or PA2
Indicates the host administrator should choose the PA1 or PA2 command.
Printing Cancelled
Indicates the selected print job was canceled.
The target server, print queue, or printer is not operational
Indicates a print queue or LAN device is not functioning properly. Contact your LAN administrator.
Unexpected status indicator code <NN>
Indicates an unexpected code was encountered. Contact your LAN administrator.

Print Job Number

The number NetWare assigned to the selected print job. This value is displayed only when the selected print job is active.

Print Job Status

The possible values are:
ADDING TO QUEUE
Indicates HostPrint is busy spooling data to the server listed in the Server column.
READY
Indicates HostPrint is ready to receive and process print data from the host application.

Session State

ON indicates the printer session is active and you can change the values of the Lines Per Inch, Lines Per Page, and Characters Per Line text boxes.
OFF indicates the printer session is inactive and the Print Job Name combo box is enabled, allowing you to specify the print job, server name, and print queue.

Print Job Configuration Name

Indicates the print job configuration, server, and print queue for the selected HostPrint LU. If the Session State OFF radio button is selected, you can scroll the list of available print job configuration, server, and print queue items shown in this combo box. Select the desired print job configuration and click the Change button. The selected print job configuration, server, and print queue are assigned to the selected HostPrint LU with the current character and line settings.

LU Name

Displays the LU name assigned to the selected HostPrint LU. HostPrint LUs must be assigned a dedicated LU.

Print Job Configuration

Displays the name of the print job configuration assigned to the selected HostPrint LU.

Server

Displays the name of the NetWare server that contains the print queue for the selected print job.

Print Queue

Displays the name of the print queue for the selected print job.

Host Application

Displays the LU name of the host application sending print data to the HostPrint LU.

Using the IntranetWare HostPrint Display Filter

You can display HostPrint information by session state, server name and print queue, print job, and LU name.

To display specified HostPrint information, do the following:

1. Choose Edit > Display Filter (<F4>). SSM opens the Display Filter dialog box for HostPrint (Figure 7-2).
Figure 7-2
HostPrint Display Filter Dialog Box
2. To display HostPrint information, select the desired radio button:
2a. Click the Session State radio button and select the session state from the Session State combo box.
2b. Click the Server radio button and select the server name from the Server combo box; select the print queue from the Print Queue combo box.
2c. Click the Print Job radio button and input the print job from the Print Job combo box.
2d. Click the LU Name radio button and input the LU name from the LU Name combo box.
3. Click the OK button to display only the information that matches the specified display options.
4. Click the Cancel button to close this dialog box without using the current settings.
5. Click the Show All radio button and the OK button to return to a full display.

Updating IntranetWare HostPrint Data

SSM updates the HostPrint data periodically. You can also force an update to the information displayed in this window whenever network, server, or printer changes occur.

To perform an update, choose HostPrint > Update (<F5>). SSM refreshes the HostPrint window.

Controlling IntranetWare HostPrint Sessions

To control HostPrint sessions, do the following:

1. Select a HostPrint session.
2. Click either the Session State ON or Session State OFF radio button in the HostPrint window.
· When the Session State ON radio button is clicked, the lines per inch, lines per page, and characters per line fields appear so that you can change these values for the selected HostPrint session.
· When the Session State OFF radio button is clicked, the printer format fields are disabled and the Print Job Name combo box is enabled.

When the session state is turned Off and then On, any changes to the HostPrint settings revert back to the configured settings.

Changing Print Job Configurations

To change the print job configuration assigned to a HostPrint session, do the following:

1. Select the HostPrint session from the table.
2. Ensure the Session State OFF radio button is selected.
3. Select the new print job configuration from the Print Job Name combo box.

This change takes effect when the next print job is sent to the printer. It does not affect print jobs currently printing or in the printer's queue.

Canceling Print Jobs

To cancel a HostPrint print job, do the following:

1. Select the session that the print job is using.
2. Choose HostPrint > Cancel Print Job.

If the host is in the middle of a data chain during an LU1 session, this step sends a cancel print job signal to the host. The host application should continue by skipping to the start of the next data chain, but some host applications stop sending data altogether.

When used during an LU3 session, this command has no effect and is equivalent to the Cancel Print switch on the 3287 printer front panel.

Resetting a Printer

To reset a printer, do the following:

1. Select the HostPrint printer session associated with the desired printer in the HostPrint window.
2. Choose HostPrint > Reset Printer.

Sending a Program Attention Signal to Host Applications

To send a Program Attention (PA) signal to a host application that supports PA signals, do the following:

1. Select the print job with the desired host application from the table.
2. Choose HostPrint > Send a PA1 or HostPrint > Send a PA2.

Reconfiguring Print Format

You can reconfigure the print format of the print job. Print format includes the following attributes:

1. Select the desired print job from the Print Job name combo box (Figure 7-3) or from the table.
2. Click the Session State ON radio button.

The Session State ON radio button must be selected to activate the Lines Per Inch, Lines Per Page, and Characters Per Line text boxes.

Figure 7-3
HostPrint Window for Printer Settings
3. Enter the desired values in the Lines Per Inch combo box (3, 4, 6, or 8), the Lines Per Page text boxes (0-255), and the Characters Per Line text box (0-255).
Any changes remain in effect until the Session State is turned off or the HostPrint NLM is unloaded.
4. Click the Change button to assign the entered print format to the selected print job.

Changes to print formats take effect when the next print job is sent to the printer. They do not affect any print jobs currently printing or in the printer's queue. When the session state for a HostPrint session is turned Off and then On, the HostPrint settings revert back to the configured settings.

Capturing Print Jobs to Files

Every NetWare print queue consists of a directory and a set of files on the file server on which the print queue is defined. To capture print jobs generated by HostPrint to files (instead of printing them) simply configure the host printer session to direct its print jobs to a NetWare print queue for which no print server has been started. Then all the print jobs will remain in the queue's directory and can be accessed as files, using MS-DOS commands (such as COPY, EDIT, and so on.). Each queue's d irectory can be found as a subdirectory of the SYS:\SYSTEM directory (on NetWare 3 file servers) or the SYS:\QUEUES directory (on NetWare 4 file servers).

Host Applications and Reconnection

When print jobs are directed to a remote NetWare server, and the connection to that server is lost and then reestablished, the following status messages are displayed:



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