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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 – Asus GTX 1060 3GB and Zotac 1060 6gb and Corsair RM1000i Psu

Bought 12th Jan this year from amazon so still under warranty
Asus Gtx 1060 3gb
Excellent condition with original box £120
Also Zotac Gtx 1060 6gb bought from AWD IT on 11th Jan this year original box excellent condition £160
Also Corsair RM1000i Fully Modular Psu bought 15th Jan from Amazon
Original box and all leads excellent condition £110
Collection prefered but will post

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Wanted – Apple Magic Trackpad or attachment thingy

Still looking for MT2

re sofa, what the reviews have said is the mt1 is hinged so when you press down on it, most of the force goes through two feet. On a sofa or soft surface, the two feet move down a bit so you don’t get the click as easily.

With the mt2, there’s no hinge, only a haptic clicker, so when you press down on a soft surface, the force is spread over the entire bottom of the mt2, so getting a click is more similar to when the mt2 is on a table or hard surface.

ymmv

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For Sale – Asus GTX 1060 3GB and Zotac 1060 6gb and Corsair RM1000i Psu

Bought 12th Jan this year from amazon so still under warranty
Asus Gtx 1060 3gb
Excellent condition with original box £120
Also Zotac Gtx 1060 6gb bought from AWD IT on 11th Jan this year original box excellent condition £160
Also Corsair RM1000i Fully Modular Psu bought 15th Jan from Amazon
Original box and all leads excellent condition £110
Collection prefered but will post

Price and currency: 120,160,110
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: cash on collection or BT
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For Sale – Asus GTX 1060 3GB and Zotac 1060 6gb and Corsair RM1000i Psu

Bought 12th Jan this year from amazon so still under warranty
Asus Gtx 1060 3gb
Excellent condition with original box £120
Also Zotac Gtx 1060 6gb bought from AWD IT on 11th Jan this year original box excellent condition £160
Also Corsair RM1000i Fully Modular Psu bought 15th Jan from Amazon
Original box and all leads excellent condition £110
Collection prefered but will post

Price and currency: 120,160,110
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Payment method: cash on collection or BT
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For Sale – Lots of stuff X35 g-sync macbook pro 2603v4 xeon Imac surface laptop 2666MHZ 16GB 2333Mhz ECC memory

Hello,

I am a hoarder, and I still have alot of stuff stored in my parents house they need rid of (can’t blame them). I’m not a trader just a hoarder and I need some stuff gone. Offers welcome on the memory 2x16GB 2666Mhz and 2x16GB 2133p ECC server/workstation memory.

Imac Retina 27″ late 2014
I5
16GB
512GB SSD
Very nice machine with a 5K screen, still looks like new

Macbook pro
Mid 2014
I7 4770HQ
16GB
256GB SSD
Still looks like new

Surface Laptop
I5
8GB
256GB SSD
In warranty until March 2019

HP Omen X35 G-sync display
Still sealed, purchased 2 but only got around to using 1, this one for sale is still sealed (100mhz 4MS response).

Intel Xeon 2603V4
Has a HPE Proliant case but can be removed if not using in a HPE server

I can delivery items near the Sheffield Area (will be happy to post the memory or processor).
Link to images.
Imgur

Price and currency: £900 macbook / £720 surface laptop / 2603v4 xeon £160 / Omen X35 £660 / Imac Retina £1000 /
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Location: sheffield
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New enterprise 14 TB HDD options cater to cloud-scale users

The latest wave of helium-based 14 TB hard disk drives shows there’s still innovative life in the storage media, mainly for cloud-scale users in need of economical, high-density drives.

Seagate Technology this week launched its new 14 TB helium hard drive portfolio. It includes the 12 Gbps SAS- and 6 Gbps SATA-based Exos X14 designed for hyperscale data centers and SATA-based IronWolf for NAS, SkyHawk for surveillance systems and BarraCuda Pro for desktop workstations and DAS.

Toshiba recently disclosed that it’s sampling 14 TB and 12 TB helium-sealed 7,200 rpm SAS HDDs with 12 Gbps data transfer rates. They join Toshiba’s previous helium-based 14 TB HDD that uses the 6 Gbps SATA interface.

Earlier this year, Western Digital began shipping helium-based 12 Gbps SAS- and 6 Gbps SATA-based 14 TB HDD models to select hyperscale cloud customers. China-based internet service provider Tencent, a customer of Western Digital’s 12 TB HelioSeal HDDs, confirmed it was qualifying the latest 14 TB Ultrastar DC HC530 drives. The 14 TB HDD models use helium instead of air to reduce aerodynamic drag and turbulence inside the drives. Helium-based HDDs require less power and enable manufacturers to use thinner disks and squeeze in more tracks to store more data per HDD.

Shingled magnetic recording

In June, Western Digital disclosed Dropbox as a customer for its 3.5-inch helium-based 14 TB Ultrastar DC HC620 HDD. The drive — formerly called the Ultrastar Hs14 — uses host-managed shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology, in contrast to the two-dimensional magnetic recording the Ultrastar DC HC530 uses.

Dropbox qualified and deployed Western Digital’s SMR-based HC620 HDD for its custom-built Magic Pocket storage infrastructure. A Dropbox blog noted the SMR HDDs offer higher bit density and lower cost per GB than HDDs that use conventional perpendicular magnetic recording technology, which aligns bits vertically rather than horizontally.

Conventional magnetic recording enables random data writes across the entire disk, whereas SMR is best suited to writing data in sequential mode. Dropbox chose the host-managed SMR HDDs for the Magic Pocket workload because its storage architecture is geared for sequential writes.

But the Dropbox scenario is not the norm at this point. John Rydning, an IDC analyst who focuses on HDDs, said demand is low for SMR technology because customers would need to tweak their systems in order to use drives designed for sequential rather than random writes.

“With SMR, tracks on the disk are partially overwritten intentionally — like shingles on a roof — to increase the number of tracks on the disk and increase the storage capacity per disk,” Rydning wrote in an email. “Yet, it’s difficult to change or modify data once it’s written to the disk.

Seagate 14 TB HDD
Seagate’s IronWolf 14 TB HDD is designed for network-attached storage.

“Think of what it’s like to change a shingle in the middle of a roof. You have to peel off a few rows to change one shingle. Similar for SMR HDDs. To change data already written to the disk, you have to read several tracks to cache, modify the data in cache, then rewrite to the disk.”

Rydning said the competition for 14 TB HDD market share in the near term will center on drives that use conventional magnetic recording rather than SMR technology.

Additional high-density HDD technologies in the works include heat-assisted magnetic recording and microwave-assisted magnetic recording (MAMR), but those options have yet to emerge in commercially shipping products. Western Digital said last year that it expects to begin shipping ultra-high capacity MAMR HDDs in 2019 and claimed that MAMR has the potential to enable HDDs of 40 TB and beyond by 2025.

Toshiba’s nine-platter 14 TB HDD

In the conventional magnetic recording space, Toshiba’s new MG07SCA 14 TB HDD uses a nine-platter helium-sealed mechanical design unlike the eight-disk 14 TB options from rivals Seagate and Western Digital. Toshiba uses eight platters with its helium-based 12 TB MG07 model, after using seven platters with its traditional air-based MG06 10 TB generation, said Scott Wright, the company’s director of HDD marketing.

Toshiba lagged competitors on previous product generations with 8 TB, 10 TB and 12 TB HDDs, IDC’s Rydning said. The company is now time-to-market competitive with Western Digital and Seagate with 14 TB HDDs for cloud-scale customers and positions itself well for higher capacities in the future, he said.

But Toshiba’s nine-platter 14 TB HDDs carry a higher manufacturing cost per drive for the extra disk and two heads than the eight-platter 14 TB HDDs from Western Digital and Seagate, Rydning said. “On the other hand, given that Western Digital and Seagate are using the higher areal density heads and disk, they may encounter production yield challenges in the first one or two quarters of production,” he said.

Toshiba didn’t disclose retail pricing for the MG07SCA 14 TB HDDs.

Enterprise HDD market leaders

Seagate and Western Digital lead the market in nearline enterprise-class 7,200 rpm SAS and SATA HDDs, according to Trendfocus vice president John Chen. Seagate has the edge in units shipped, and Western Digital leads in exabytes shipped, Chen said. SATA is the dominant interface for nearline HDDs, with SAS at only about 20% unit share, he said.

SATA HDDs are single ported, but Toshiba’s Wright said there’s still demand for dual-ported SAS HDDs among users who want to map redundant paths to each storage device for high availability. He said some customers want to be able to support SSDs and HDDs in a common architecture, with the same 12 GBs data transfer rate.

Wright doesn’t expect the new wave of upcoming 3D NAND flash-based SSDs that store four bits of data per cell — known as quadruple-level cell (QLC) — to eat into the nearline enterprise HDD market that is “all about cost of capacity.”

“Where we see solid state challenging HDD is in very low capacities, at the lower end of the notebook PC market, and then also, of course, on performance at the high end of the enterprise market where some SSDs are being used in place of the traditional 15,000 rpm types of high-performance [hard disk] drives,” Wright said.

For Sale – Asus GTX 1060 3GB and Zotac 1060 6gb and Corsair RM1000i Psu

Bought 12th Jan this year from amazon so still under warranty
Asus Gtx 1060 3gb
Excellent condition with original box £120
Also Zotac Gtx 1060 6gb bought from AWD IT on 11th Jan this year original box excellent condition £160
Also Corsair RM1000i Fully Modular Psu bought 15th Jan from Amazon
Original box and all leads excellent condition £110
Collection prefered but will post

Price and currency: 120,160,110
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: cash on collection or BT
Location: Sandbach
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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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 – Asus GTX 1060 3GB and Zotac 1060 6gb and Corsair RM1000i Psu

Bought 12th Jan this year from amazon so still under warranty
Asus Gtx 1060 3gb
Excellent condition with original box £120
Also Zotac Gtx 1060 6gb bought from AWD IT on 11th Jan this year original box excellent condition £160
Also Corsair RM1000i Fully Modular Psu bought 15th Jan from Amazon
Original box and all leads excellent condition £110
Collection prefered but will post

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Payment method: cash on collection or BT
Location: Sandbach
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Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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