The central hub for your Citrix, VMware and Terminal Server print jobs
The .print Server Engine is the leading solution for those who plan to, or already use, central print servers in their network environment. Whether you want to print in a Citrix, VMware or Terminal Server environment, the .print Engine reduces the time and costs necessary for printer driver administration, thereby reducing the demand on your application server. Thanks to the high rate of print data compression and optimized bandwidth control, your printout is always quickly available.
- Print without any restrictions in SBC environments (Citrix XenApp or Microsoft Remote Desktop Services / Terminal Services) or using virtualization strategies (VMware, Citrix XenDesktop, server virtualization)
- Benefit from all the print server concept advantages
- Significantly reduce the time required for printer and printer driver administration
- Use cost-saving thin clients and directly address network printers
- Monitor printing patterns in your company and systematically reduce costs
- Create the conditions to ensure the integration of host print flows into your SBC environment
Features and Functions
- DRIVER FREE PRINTING
This technology allows you to variably distribute the Windows print process in the network. A virtual printer driver, the ThinPrint Output Gateway, initially transmits the print data in a printer-independent format. This enables you to use the original printer driver only where it makes sense and is easy to manage. Depending on the application scenario this can be the client computer or a central print server.
- Operation of client print properties
The virtual printer driver used with DRIVER FREE PRINTING (ThinPrint Output Gateway) allows you to access all the print options and properties of the target printer. Standard properties of the original printer drivers are read automatically. You can select options such as paper format, duplex print and the correct paper tray in the normal way using the operator interface. Aside from this, you can choose to print with or without print preview, or display the original printer driver user interface in order to use particular print options.
- Advanced adaptive compression
With ThinPrint you can reduce your print data volume by up to 98%, thereby significantly speeding up the printing output from your network. Thanks to adaptive compression, the quality of print outs is maintained at all times. The individual components of the print jobs are analyzed prior to transfer and compressed with the best respective algorithm, ensuring high print speed with perfect printed images. Your administrator will also be pleased that the burden on the network has been reduced.
- Mixed 32 bit and 64 bit print environments
With ThinPrint you can maintain optimum print output regardless of whether servers, client PCs or virtual desktops are working with 32 or 64 bit operating systems. This can saves on investments for new hardware if no 64 bit printer drivers are available for your printers when migrating to 64 bit.
- Printing to thin clients, network printers, printboxes
ThinPrint gives you the option of using DRIVER FREE PRINTING even if your receiving terminals are technically unable to prepare a Windows print job. Because of the Printer Virtualization Layer (V-Layer) you can also benefit from a centralized administration of your printer drivers when using thin clients, printboxes or network printers.
- Integration of central print servers
Central print servers relieve your application servers and virtual desktops and simplify the administration of printer drivers. In such very advantageous and commonly implemented architecture all the ThinPrint function are, of course, fully available. In SBC environments you are thereby able to optimize print management even outside the virtual channel.
- Cluster operation of print servers
Central print servers relieve your application servers or virtual desktops and simplify the administration of printer drivers. In such very advantageous and commonly implemented architecture all the ThinPrint function are, of course, fully available. As ThinPrint can also be installed on Microsoft Cluster servers, fault-free operation remains assured. Alternatively, network load balancing can be used.
- Support for remote print servers and print appliances
ThinPrint .print enables compressed and bandwidth-optimized printing to remote print servers (for example, in branch offices) or print appliances (e.g. the .print Branch Office Box by ThinPrint). The administration of printers belonging to the respective branch office is thus outsourced to the respective office.
In many network environments, central print servers have long been used to relieve the application server and increase system performance. The ThinPrint Printer Virtualization Layer (V-Layer) supports this approach and also allows you to use DRIVER FREE PRINTING technology on central print servers. In this way you can store all original printer drivers centrally on your print server, while the virtual printer driver (ThinPrint Output Gateway) is used everywhere else. The sharing is done using the ThinPrint Output Gateway, which is coupled with the original printer drivers.
- Connection-oriented bandwidth control for print data
ThinPrint bandwidth control ensures that the bandwidth set for the port is not exceeded even if multiple users are printing at the same time (for example, if all printers at a branch office are only addressed by one ThinPrint port). This method offers distinct advantages as compared to simple user-based methods for restricting bandwidth.
- Size-Optimized Native Printing
ThinPrint can transfer your print data over a network with high compression even when using original printer drivers. This saves on bandwidth and significantly accelerates print output.
- Direct printing to network printers
ThinPrint also supports the TCP/IP protocol. This allows you to send compressed and (if required) SSL-encrypted print data directly to the network printer. If the network printer has access to a ThinPrint client, print data is decompressed and decrypted directly on the device, allowing you to benefit from optimum performance, minimal administration requirements and maximum security through end-to-end encryption.
- Support for blade PCs
ThinPrint can also be used on blade PCs. Benefit in this environment as well from DRIVER FREE PRINTING, high print data compression and all the other advantages of the ThinPrint .print technology.
- SSL / TLS encryption
ThinPrint sends print jobs over networks with 128 bit encryption, which ensures that even highly sensitive documents are complete safe from unauthorized access when printing using WAN connections. The software allows for an end-to-end encryption right up until the print stage - regardless of which printer models you are using.
- Recording and analysis of company-wide printing costs
The .print Tracking Service integrated into the software allows you to comprehensively document and analyze printing patterns in your company. The information recorded is stored in an SQL database. Using the .print Report Engine you can easily analyze printing patterns and costs for individual employees, departments or entire branches using a graphical interface. This provides valuable information to assist with the efficient distribution of printing hardware and the ability to identify cost savings potential.
- Support for all protocols (ICA, RDP, TCP/IP)
ThinPrint provides optimized print data transfer using the TCP/IP protocol or alternatively via ICA (in Citrix environments) or RDP (in Microsoft environments). This extensive support for protocols provides you with ultimate flexibility and ensures that you can benefit from ThinPrint functions in almost any environment.
- Automatic printer mapping with .print AutoConnect
ThinPrint AutoConnect ensures that users in ICA or RDP sessions, as well as users that access virtual desktops, always have access to the desired printer. Suitable printers are automatically prepared and connected at the beginning of the session. If a user disconnects or ends a session, the printers are automatically deleted. ThinPrint AutoConnect can be configured using MMC Snap-Ins (Terminal Server) or group policy objects (for virtual desktops).
- Central configuration using MMC
All ThinPrint control elements are seamlessly integrated in the Microsoft Management Console as snap-ins. This allows you to configure ThinPrint centrally for all servers in the same place that you also configure and maintain all other system components under Microsoft Windows.