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Use PowerShell printer management for quicker setups

Even the most high-tech organizations still need printers for users to do their jobs.

While the electronic transition of business documents has greatly reduced the need to print most documents, networked printers and print servers remain important pieces of the infrastructure. For a Windows shop, the simplest approach is to use Windows Server as the foundation for printing services. Armed with PowerShell printer management know-how, administrators have an automation tool to configure and manage these print servers.

Install print services

The first step to set up a Windows print server is to add the feature to the server. We can use the Server Manager GUI, but it’s easily done with a PowerShell command:

Add-WindowsFeature -Name Print-Server

PowerShell printer command
A PowerShell cmdlet adds the print feature to the Windows Server system to manage printing jobs.

The True value under the Success Boolean indicates the feature installed and is ready for use without requiring a restart.

Add printer drivers

Starting with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, Microsoft added class printer drivers, also called v4 printer drivers, for various manufacturers. You can add these and other v3 print drivers to a print server with the Add-PrinterDriver cmdlet. Keep in mind to use the cmdlet requires the driver in the server’s DriverStore folder; you can use the PnPUtil command-line tool to add any missing drivers.

The following command installs all drivers in INF files from a folder on a local drive for an HP LaserJet M607 M608 M609 PCL 6:

pnputil.exe -i -a C:HP_LJM607-M608-M609HP_LJM607-M608-M609_V3*.inf
Microsoft PnP Utility

Processing inf : hpat6b2a_x64.inf
Successfully installed the driver on a device on the system.
Driver package added successfully.
Published name : oem10.inf

Processing inf : hpat6b2a_x86.inf
Successfully installed the driver on a device on the system.
Driver package added successfully.
Published name : oem12.inf

Total attempted: 2
Number successfully imported: 2

After a successful attempt, you can add the drivers to the print server with Add-PrinterDriver by specifying the name of the driver:

Add-PrinterDriver -Name 'HP LaserJet M607 M608 M609 PCL 6'

The command does not generate any output to let you know if it worked, but the Get-PrinterDriver will let you verify its availability:

Get-PrinterDriver -Name 'HP LaserJet M607 M608 M609 PCL 6'

Add a port for printers

Most organizations use networked printers on a Windows print server by adding a port that connects to the printer IP address. The following command adds a standard TCP/IP port for the IP address 172.16.26.8 with the port 9100 which uses the RAW printer protocol:

Add-PrinterPort -Name '172.16.26.8' -PrinterHostAddress '172.16.26.8' -PortNumber 9100

Add print queues

To combine all these commands, let’s add a new print queue to the print server with PowerShell.

To make this tutorial easier to read, the settings are in a hashtable $Settings to use splatting with the Add-Printer cmdlet. This example limits the Add-Printer parameters to include a comment, driver name, location, name, port name, print processor and make sure it’s a shared printer:

$Settings = @{
Comment = 'HP m607'
DriverName = 'HP LaserJet M607 M608 M609 PCL 6'
Location = 'My Office'
Name = 'HP M607'
PortName = '172.16.26.8'
PrintProcessor = 'winprint'
Shared = $True
}
Add-Printer @Settings -Verbose

Run the Get-Printer command with the name HP M 607 to see the printer’s settings:

Get-Printer 'HP M607' | Format-List

Name : HP M607
ComputerName :
Type : Local
ShareName : HP M607
PortName : 172.16.26.8
DriverName : HP LaserJet M607 M608 M609 PCL 6
Location : My Office
Comment : HP m607
SeparatorPageFile :
PrintProcessor : winprint

Printer settings
The Get-Printer command generates a detailed listing of a printer’s settings.

Perform bulk changes with PowerShell printer management

One of the advantages of PowerShell scripting is speed and efficiency. When you need to make multiple changes across your infrastructure, PowerShell will save you time with these types of tasks. For example, you can use PowerShell to change the driver for many printers at once. The command below takes any printer whose name starts with HP M and changes the print driver to the HP universal print driver.

Get-printer "HP M*" | Set-Printer -DriverName 'HP Universal Printing PCL 6'

Next, to make a printer port for every IP address in a subnet, in this case 172.16.26.1/24, start by creating an array for the last octet:

$Sub = 1..255

Use the $Sub variable and perform a loop with Add-PrinterPort, changing the last octet each time:

$Sub | ForEach-Object {Add-PrinterPort -Name "172.16.26.$_" -PrinterHostAddress "172.16.26.$_" -PortNumber 9100}
PowerShell loop
This PowerShell command sets up the multiple printer ports using a loop to automate the process.

PowerShell gives you a simpler way to handle printer configuration via the command line or with a script that you can save and modify for the next round of printer setups. While it’s still valid to use the Windows Server GUI to work with printers, it’s not as efficient as PowerShell.

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For Sale – PC Parts Clear Out

Due to a recent upgrade, and the need to clear some space in the garage, I’ve got the following up for sale.

Motherboards:
MSI Z87 GD65 Used £70.00
MSI Z170I ITX Used £100.00

DDR3:
8GB Corsair Vengeance Pro – 2133Mhz (2x4GB) Used £35.00
16GB HyperX Savage Red – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £50.00

DDR4:
16GB Corsair Low Profile Black – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £50.00

Intel Processors:
LGA 1150 – Intel Core i5-4670K Used £70.00
LGA 1151 – Intel Core i5-6600 Used £110.00

AMD Graphics Cards:
XFX AMD R9 390 – 8GB Used £80.00

Nvidia Graphics Cards:
MSI – GTX 660Ti 2GB Used £50.00
MSI – GTX 570 2GB Used £40.00

Mice:
Razer Mamba 2016 Wireless Used £60.00

Cases:
Phanteks Evolve ITX Used £40.00

Coolers:
Corsair H50 Used £40.00
Corsair H80i Used £50.00

Most items will be boxed in their original retail or OEM packaging.

Will upload more photographs this evening.

I will updating this thread as I discover anything else that I no longer require.

Open to offers.

Price and currency: £845
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Oxford
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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With new cloud technologies, Lexmark evolves printers into smart IoT machines | Transform

Printers tend not to be top of mind in the digital age, until you need that critical document or can’t ship an order without an invoice. When employees have printing issues and calls to the help desk spike, a robust print environment suddenly feels vital.

Lexmark, a global printing and imaging solutions leader, understands the importance. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, the company is transforming its printers and services with artificial intelligence, cloud technologies and an IoT (Internet of Things) platform to simplify and improve printing for customers. But first, Lexmark had to transform itself.

The organization underwent a massive digital renovation last year, with an upgrade to Windows 10 and migration to Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365. The move enabled Lexmark to reduce its IT expenses by 25 percent and the number of IT-related problems by 40 percent. It also affected the company’s entire 9,000-person workforce in 170 countries and all business operations, from sales to distribution to manufacturing.

“It was part of a strategy to enable our associates to be more collaborative and responsive, so we can deliver an excellent customer experience,” says Brad Clay, chief information and compliance officer at Lexmark. “We want to become a more agile organization and part of our vision statement is to develop customers for life.”

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Brad Clay, Lexmark chief information and compliance officer. (Photo by Mark Mahan, courtesy of Lexmark)

The new, streamlined technologies have helped Lexmark evolve its printers into smart,  IoT machines and deliver innovations like Cloud Print Infrastructure, a new subscription service for customers to pay for only what they print. So instead of buying and maintaining the physical infrastructure of printers and print servers, customers can now access a secure cloud print environment managed by Lexmark and powered by Azure. They can simplify IT complexity related to print.

“This is really moving print to that next level,” says Clay. “Our ability to leverage the Microsoft cloud allows us to deploy industry-leading offers at a price point that wasn’t possible before.”

Machine learning algorithms on Lexmark’s IoT platform can factor in a customer’s busy print times, such as the end of a quarter or start of a new year. They can predict maintenance before a printer needs repairs and calculate the right time to order more toner before a cartridge goes dry. Real-time data from connected printers will also feed into Lexmark’s Dynamics 365 connected field service solution, launching this year for intelligent, end-to-end customer service.

“It’s about making the digital thread – design, manufacturing, delivery, customer support – more complete and full-featured, and connecting the entire process for a customer,” says Clay. IoT data will also help Lexmark monitor the life cycle of its products to improve the design, manufacturing and deployment of new models.

A large part of Lexmark’s agility and productivity now stems from Microsoft Teams, a teamwork hub in Microsoft 365 that integrates chat, calls, video, meetings and file sharing. The app replaced a set of disconnected office tools that required Lexmark associates to constantly switch systems.

“We continuously ran into barriers and it became awkward,” says Sven Dellagnolo, Lexmark director of global sales enablement. “I would have to exit one environment and open another and presume the other person could do the same on their device. Then someone wasn’t on the right version, it would crash in their browser, or somebody’s login wasn’t working. Teams solved all of that.”

The app has strengthened collaboration for all groups at Lexmark but has been especially helpful for global teams like Dellagnolo’s that work across continents. Organized channels and archives help associates quickly catch up on workflows from different time zones. An embedded translation feature reduces language barriers between Lexmark teams in North America, Asia and Europe. With 50,000 meeting participants, 17,000 one-on-one calls and 4 million chat messages hosted in Teams each month, Lexmark has bolstered what Clay calls a “culture of empowerment.”

close-up of a badge swipe in front of a printer
Lexmark printer employee badge authentication.

“Tools like Teams help us become a faster learning organization and share what we learn to make us more productive,” he says.

For Lexmark, modern cloud technologies enhance the company’s long history of research and development, and deep understanding of customers, who range from small businesses to the largest global banks and retailers. The tools help deliver solutions that make life easier for Lexmark’s customers, from simplifying the IT of printers to enabling secure printouts with employee badge authentication.

“Purchasing Microsoft technology is beyond just operating efficiently for ourselves,” says Dellagnolo. “It really translates into how we solve our customers’ problems.”

Top photo: A Lexmark printer. All photos courtesy of Lexmark. 

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Wanted – Computer Screen

Ill need to double check, but I have some 19″ 1440 x 900 monitors with no stand. VGA and DVI inputs.

Only looking for 10 collected. Collection could be NW London (Wembley) or Central WC2X. Though I have no packaging.

Let me know and I’ll check where they are, might be at my parents place, which is in Hayes, Middlesex (UB3) so might be able to meet you there for collection (closer to Woking)

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For Sale – Watercooled i7-4790K build

I’m moving house and need funds for other priorities. I have all my AV gear for sale on here too.

Built with my own hands.

All components were bought from either CCL Computers or Scan.

Asus Z97-P
Intel i7-4790K (delidded running without HS with CPU Delid Die Guard for LGA115X)
G.Skill TridentX 16GB (2x8GB) 2400MHz DDR3 RAM
Sapphire Radeon R9 380 NITRO 4GB
Samsung EVO 850 120GB Solid State Drive
EVGA 750W G2
Core P5 Thermaltake Tempered Glass Open Frame Glass PC Gaming Case
Thermaltake TT Gaming Riser Cable 200mm PCI-E 3.0 X16
EK DuraClear 3M Clear Water Cooling Tubing 9.5mm/15.9mm
EK-Supremacy MX CPU block
EK 140 Revo D5 PWM Pump
EK-RES X3 250 Reservoir
Thermaltake Pacific CL420 Copper Water Cooling Radiator
EK 120mm Vardar F3-120 Fan x 3
EK-XTOP Revo D5 Plexi Pump Top
Gelid Solutions 1-to-4 PWM Fan Splitter

I have boxes for Motherboard, CPU, RAM, GPU, PSU (including all unused cables), Radiator, Pump, Fans, CPU block, Reservoir, SSD. This was a project I built over time so components are varying in age – this was mostly used as a Emby server for my NAS. Completely overspecced for what I used it for but I like quality components and something that looks nice.

All works beautifully. I will need to format the SSD and you will need to install O/S.

Price and currency: 525
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: BT, PPG
Location: Brighouse, West Yorkshire
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Corsair HX1200i PSU & HDMI Dummy Plugs

GFX Cards
2x brand new warranty replacement Sapphire ITX RX570 Cards

Still sealed, i do not need them any more. – Warranty ends – 06/01/2021 on both

These retail at £239.99 (Sapphire Radeon RX 570 Pulse ITX 4096MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card)

£sold.

1x sold to Fozzy17 for £125 delivered.
1x sold elsewhere

PSUs
1. Corsair HX1200i Platinum Power Supply, Like new, comes boxed with all crazy amount of cables/leads all standard and a few extra molex leads. This is a beast psu!

Purchased brand new in Jan 2018 so has the balance of the huge 10 year warranty left

£145 delivered. – sold to Red Eye Flights

2. EVGA 650 G2 Power Supply – 650W, Comes with all the leads, box is a little tatty but PSU and cables are perfect.

[​IMG]

£sold elsewhere

Misc
2x HDMI 4K Dummy Plugs – Hardware accelerated remote desktop access at high resolutions.

Basically lets you remotely connect to your machines as the dummy plug tricks the PC that a monitor is plugged in.

[​IMG]
£5 each Delivered. 1 sold. 1 available.

Thanks

Price and currency: various
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PayPal gift, bank transfer
Location: Manchester
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Corsair HX1200i PSU & HDMI Dummy Plugs

GFX Cards
2x brand new warranty replacement Sapphire ITX RX570 Cards

Still sealed, i do not need them any more. – Warranty ends – 06/01/2021 on both

These retail at £239.99 (Sapphire Radeon RX 570 Pulse ITX 4096MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card)

£sold.

1x sold to Fozzy17 for £125 delivered.
1x sold elsewhere

PSUs
1. Corsair HX1200i Platinum Power Supply, Like new, comes boxed with all crazy amount of cables/leads all standard and a few extra molex leads. This is a beast psu!

Purchased brand new in Jan 2018 so has the balance of the huge 10 year warranty left

£145 delivered. – sold to Red Eye Flights

2. EVGA 650 G2 Power Supply – 650W, Comes with all the leads, box is a little tatty but PSU and cables are perfect.

[​IMG]

£sold elsewhere

Misc
2x HDMI 4K Dummy Plugs – Hardware accelerated remote desktop access at high resolutions.

Basically lets you remotely connect to your machines as the dummy plug tricks the PC that a monitor is plugged in.

[​IMG]
£5 each Delivered. 1 sold. 1 available.

Thanks

Price and currency: various
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PayPal gift, bank transfer
Location: Manchester
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
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  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – Corsair HX1200i PSU & HDMI Dummy Plugs

GFX Cards
2x brand new warranty replacement Sapphire ITX RX570 Cards

Still sealed, i do not need them any more. – Warranty ends – 06/01/2021 on both

These retail at £239.99 (Sapphire Radeon RX 570 Pulse ITX 4096MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card)

£sold.

1x sold to Fozzy17 for £125 delivered.
1x sold elsewhere

PSUs
1. Corsair HX1200i Platinum Power Supply, Like new, comes boxed with all crazy amount of cables/leads all standard and a few extra molex leads. This is a beast psu!

Purchased brand new in Jan 2018 so has the balance of the huge 10 year warranty left

£145 delivered.

2. EVGA 650 G2 Power Supply – 650W, Comes with all the leads, box is a little tatty but PSU and cables are perfect.

[​IMG]

£sold elsewhere

Misc
2x HDMI 4K Dummy Plugs – Hardware accelerated remote desktop access at high resolutions.

Basically lets you remotely connect to your machines as the dummy plug tricks the PC that a monitor is plugged in.

[​IMG]
£5 each Delivered. 1 sold. 1 available.

Thanks

Price and currency: various
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PayPal gift, bank transfer
Location: Manchester
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Wanted – or trade – need Z370 ITX motherboard – have ATX Z370

As per title, I’m after an ITX Z370 motherboard.

I need to downsize my build, I have an AsRock Z370 Pro4 ATX board to sell or swap. Can add cash if need be.

My ATX motherboard is boxed in perfect condition with all accessories.

Location: Swansea

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