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Casper - Printer Creation and Deployment

Casper printer deployment can be made easy by following these steps. There are two steps that need to occur to ensure printers can be pushed out. First, the driver needs to be deployed, and second, the printer will be installed via a script. Then we can create a policy to deploy the printer.

Driver download and install:

  • First, see if the Mac has your driver built in. You can do this by trying to manually add the printer and see if it is listed. If acceptable you can also use the generic driver that the Mac comes with.
  • If the driver is not on the system, check to see if it has already been uploaded to the JSS.
  • Log in to the JSS. Ensure you have selected "Full JSS" from the dropdown.
  • Click on the gear on the top right of the screen, then Computer Management on the left.
    • Click on packages. You may see that someone else has already uploaded it.
  • If the driver is not in the JSS, you will need to download it from the appropriate vendor website.
    • Once downloaded extract the dmg file.
  • Click on the gear on the top right of the screen, then Computer Management on the left.
    • Click Packages, then New.
    • Give it an appropriate name, such as "HP 4350 LaserJet Driver."
    • Assign it to the appropriate category for your site.
    • Click "Upload Package File" and select the file. This should be a .pkg file and not a .dmg file.
    • Click save. The driver will be ready to use in five minutes as the upload syncs with the database.

Printer Script:

  • Log in to the JSS. Ensure you have selected "Full JSS" from the dropdown.
  • Click on the gear on the top right of the screen, then Computer Management on the left.
  • Click on scripts, then "Printer_Install"
  • Click "clone." Change the Display Name to "Printer_Install_SiteName," for example "Printer_Install_IST."
    • Assign the appropriate category for your site.
    • Click save.

Printer Deployment:

  • Switch from the "Full JSS" to your site.
  • Click on Computers at the top, then Policies. Click the + sign.
  • Give the new policy a name, such as "First Floor Printer"
  • Assign a category.
  • Assign a trigger. You can use "recurring check-in" to automatically push the printer to the target machines, or use Self Service instead with these steps:
    • Choose the "Self Service" tab. Check "Make the policy available in self service."
    • Check "Feature the policy on the main page."
    • Go back to the Options tab at the top.
  • Select Packages on the left, then click Configure. Click "add" next to the driver package you uploaded earlier.
  • Select Scripts on the left, then click "Configure."
  • Click "add" next to the printer script you made earlier.
    • Fill in the four appropriate values. All four are required. You do not need quotes around them.
      • Printer Name such as "FirstFloorPrinter" Note - You cannot have spaces in the name (even with quotes).
      • IP Address such as "lpd://18.5.5.5"
      • Building Location such as "First Floor"
      • Driver Location such as "/Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/HP LaserJet 500 color MFP M570.gz"
  • Select Scope at the top. Either change the scope to "All Computers" or click "add" and add individual computers or smart/static groups.
  • Click "save."

If you chose the "recurring check-in" target, the printer will be deployed to targeted machines the next time they check in to the JSS, within 30 minutes. If you selected Self Service, it will be available immediately upon login to Self Service.

If you run into problems, email endpointmanagement@mit.edu.

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Last Modified:

June 27, 2016

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