Set up printing to print servers

As a Chrome administrator for your organization, you can configure devices running Chrome OS to send print jobs to third-party enterprise print servers. Usually, a print server manages jobs for multiple printers. Each printer needs its own configuration on the Chrome device. You can set the configuration manually on the device or using a Chrome policy.

Configure print server to manage multiple printers

Set up a print server

Define a Windows print server configuration

You can configure your Chrome devices to use Microsoft® WIndows® print servers. The servers can use third-party tools to manage advanced print functions, such as routing, report and billing tracking, and secure printing.

Before you begin

  • We recommend that you use LPD, a standard printing protocol supported by most Windows print servers.
  • Make sure that the network traffic between the Chrome device and the print server allows connections on port 515 (or on an alternate port if LPD is not used).

Create a configuration file

  1. Open your preferred text editor.
  2. Create a plain text file, in JavaScript® Object Notation (JSON) format, that contains the print queue configuration information.
  3. Save your file.
  4. Use the Google Admin console to upload and add your print server configuration. For information on how to upload the configuration file, see Add printers.

Sample configuration

In the following Windows print server configuration, the IP address 192.0.2.111 points to the print server and SolarmoraC2620Queue is the name of the corresponding print queue.

   {
        "display_name":"Solarmora LDP prntsrv",

   "Description":"Laser printer third floor",
   "manufacturer":"Solarmora",
   "model":"Solarmora ML-2950",
   "uri":"lpd://192.0.2.111/SolarmoraC2620Queue",
   "ppd_resource":{"effective_model":"Solarmora ML-2950"}
   }

Define a Linux print server configuration

A Linux-based CUPS print server configuration uses the same open-source print server as the native printing software on a Chrome device.

Before you begin

  • We recommend that you use the IPP printing protocol, which is based on the HTTP standard and inherits many of the features of HTTP.

  • Make sure that the network traffic between the Chrome device and the print server allows connections on port 631 (or on an alternate port if IPP is not used).

Create a configuration file

  1. Open your preferred text editor.
  2. Create a plain text file, in JavaScript® Object Notation (JSON) format, that contains the print queue configuration information.
  3. Save your file.
  4. Use the Google Admin console to upload and add your print server configuration. For information on how to upload the configuration file, see Add printers.

Sample configuration

In the following CUPS print server configuration the IP address 192.0.2.112 points to the print server and Altostrat511IPP is the name of the corresponding print queue.

{
  "display_name":"Altostrat IPP prntsrv",
  "description":"Altostrat MX511",
  "Manufacturer":"",
  "Model":"",
  "uri":"ipp://192.0.2.112:631/printers/Altostrat511IPP",
  "uuid":"",
  "ppd_resource":
  {
    "effective_model":"Altostrat MX511de"
  }
}
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