Welcome to Day 7 of our Launch Series for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. We’re continuing on with our coverage of Printing and Document services – today’s topic is the Print Management Console (PMC) and the enhancements in the new operating system(s). This isn’t an especially long post, but familiarity with the new options in PMC set the stage for some of the other posts that we have coming up regarding printing.
The PMC was introduced in Windows Server 2003 R2, and improved in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. With Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, we have made additional improvements to the PMC including the following:
Before we get too far into the enhancements, let’s quickly cover how to install and run the PMC. On Windows Server 2008 R2, the PMC is automatically installed when you install the Print Server role service. However, if you want to install the PMC on a Windows Server 2008 R2 system without making it the print server, you can install the Print and Document Services Tools using the Add Features wizard. The Print and Document Services Tools are under Remote Server Administration Tools\Role Administration Tools as shown below:
The Print Management console is available on previous versions of Windows as well, however the new features can only be viewed and managed using the version of the console that comes with Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2 (and later). On Windows 7, the Print Management snap-in is automatically installed and is available through the MMC. One quick caveat here – management of remote printers via the PMC on a Windows Server 2008 R2 Web Server Edition is not supported. Local print management functionality is supported through the PMC.
Once you get into the PMC, you’ll notice some of the new options available as you manage printers, ports etc. Here’s where you can manage each of the enhancements I listed above:
Beyond the functionality changes, there are also some UI enhancements to the Print Management Console to be aware of. In order to provide a more complete picture, several columns have been added to the default Printers and Drivers views. In the Printers view, the Driver Name and Driver Version columns have been added, and in the Drivers view, the Driver Isolation information has been added along with Print Processor, Packaged, Driver Date and Inf Path.
OK folks – that brings Day Seven to a close. I’ll be back tomorrow with an overview of Print Driver Isolation. Until tomorrow …
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