For any dot matrix printer, be sure there is no check mark in the Autolinefeed box to prevent the printer from double line-feeding your text.
- If using the internal model of the NetportExpress PRO print server, install the card in the printer. Plug the network cable into a known good network drop and then power on the printer.
If using the external model, plug the NetportExpress PRO print server into a known good network drop. Plug in the power cable and the printer.
- Use the diagnostics button on the NetportExpress print server to verify communications between the NetportExpress print server, the printer and the network.
NOTE: The diagnostics page will only print to printers attached to LPT1 at this time.
- Log into your file server as the Administrator or as a user with Administrator equivalent rights. Install the NetPort® Manager software if you have not already done so. You must use NetPort Manager version 4.x to configure any of the NetportExpress PRO print server models. Start the NetPort Manager program.
- The NetportExpress print server will be displayed in the left column. Highlight the NetportExpress print server which needs to be configured and then press the Configure Hardware button.
- Assign an alias name if you would like to. This will be your print server name as it appears in PCONSOLE. If you do not choose to use an alias name, the PRxxxxxx ID number will become your print server name and the root of the printer name.
WARNING: Your print queues will be attached to this name. Changing or adding an alias name at a later time will disassociate your queues from the NetportExpress print server. Your print server will need to be reconfigured before you will be able to print to it again if you add or change this name later.
- Use the lower half of the screen to set appropriate printer settings for each printer. Set the centronics speeds as outlined below. Do not enable bi-directional communications unless the printer is capable of using this setting.
- For any dot matrix parallel printers, for laser printers at or below the level of an HP III and for inkjet printers, select the Low speed setting.
- For most other printers, select the Medium speed setting.
- For high speed printers, select the High speed setting.
If you will be attaching a serial printer to your NetportExpress print server, make any necessary changes to the Serial Port settings area. Each serial setting must exactly match the settings on the printer.
Press the Save button.
Press the Configure Print Services button. Select Novell* NDS Print Server and press the Configure button.
Use the Context buttons to select the correct Print Server Context, Printer Context and Queue Contexts.
If you created print queues earlier, skip to step 13. Otherwise, repeat the following steps for each port on which you intend to attach a printer and then skip to step 14.
- Select the tab for the port where you intend to attach a printer.
- Press the Queues button and then the New button. Enter the new print queue name you want to assign to this port. Scroll to the volume on which the queue should be created and select it. Press Ok to exit the New Queue screen.
- Press Close to exit the Queue Management screen. The queue will appear on the Configure Novell NDS Print Server screen with a check mark in the box next to the queue name.
For each port on which you intend to attach a printer: select the tab for that port. Select the appropriate print queue(s) and click the Assign button to put an "x" in the box next to the print queue.
Press the Save button to exit the Configure Novell NDS Print Server screen.
Press the Close button to exit the Configure Print Services screen.
Wait 1 to 2 minutes for the NetportExpress print server to save the configuration and then use the Status button to verify the information you have configured. Your print server is ready for use.
NOTE:The status screen will always display several hardware settings as "Not configured." This is normal; these are other possible ways in which the print server may be configured. Your status screen may also display NetBIOS: Running. This is also normal. NWADMIN and PCONSOLE will display a status of "down" for this print server object. This does not indicate a problem with the print server, but merely indicates that this is not a NetWare* printing device.
This applies to: