In the following, you will find an overview of all implemented steadyPRINT key features.

Centralized Management

Feature Description
Offline mode Independent of the database, the steadyPRINT Agent provides selected functions in the offline mode so that employees are able to work with steadyPRINT while travelling.
Creation of printer connections In the steadyPRINT Center it is possible to create printer connections for all objects within your AD. In this context, it is up to you whether you have printer connections created via user, group, OU, computer assignments or MAC addresses.
Maintenance mode In the steadyPRINT Center, a maintenance mode for printers can be enabled. All users who are using this printer will be notified before the printer is removed for the duration of maintenance. During this period, users cannot connect or use this printer via the Agent.
Introduction of Agent profiles Agent profiles enable the configuration of Agent options on the basis of users, groups or computer objects. This way, you can use steadyPRINT to provide different settings for different users that can be managed centrally.
Folder structure for printers The steadyPRINT Center enables the creation of a folder structure to which print servers and printers can be classified. On the basis of a folder structure, assignments can be made and other settings that apply to all objects within the folder can be configured.
Resolution of client name for multi-hop scenario The steadyPRINT Agent offers an extended detection of the original client name. This is helpful if the user hops to other terminal servers within one terminal server session and the original client name for printer assignments becomes mandatory.
Connect Citrix Client printer (Citrix universal printer driver) with steadyPRINT Agent The Citrix UPD printer can be used in combination with steadyPRINT in order to further reduce the number of different printer drivers on a terminal server. Due to the restricted functionality of the Citrix UPD, we recomment the use of steadyPRINT VPD printers.
Installation of the printer driver with administrative rights In order to guarantee an administrative installation of printer drivers, a service is implemented on the clients which is by default performed as localsystem. This service needs to be installed along with the steadyPRINT Agent and takes over the printer driver installation. For workstations, the administrative printer driver installation is enabled by default, for terminal servers, however, it is disabled by default.
Inventory of the default printer During the inventory of network printers, the default printer of a user that has already been set can also be inventoried.
Inventory of computers With steadyPRINT, computers can be inventoried. This way, you will receive a list of all computers that have been provided with the steadyPRINT Agent as well as any client information.
Cleaning unmanaged printer connections In the steadyPRINT Center you can define that all printer connections which are not managed by steadyPRINT are to be removed. Enabling this feature means that as soon as the user manually connects a network printer (not via the steadyPRINT Agent) it is removed again immediately. As an administrator, you have thus full control over the printers a user should receive.
QuickConnect for the creation of printer connections The QuickConnect function is to ensure that printer connections are created without additionally checking their plausibility, driver version etc. This function calls up the default API function for creating a printer connection. If, for example, a driver is not installed on the computer, the processing is done via the default installation routine by Windows.
Support of VMware View Client names If you are using VMware View, the steadyPRINT Agent is able to determie the name of your client at which you are physically sitting. On the basis of this information, a printer, which might have been defined for this physical client via the steadyPRINT Center before, can be connected to the user.
Location-based printer assignment by IP filters By setting IP filters, location-based printer assignments can be created in the steadyPRINT Center. This means, that with steadyPRINT it can be defined which printers are available within a certain IP range and which default printer should be set for this IP range. This way, users who are frequently changing their workplaces are always assigned the correct printer.
Delegated administration | Role-based permission The steadyPRINT Center has a role-based permission system. This system can be used to assign permissions to settings and objects for different Active Directory accounts in a fine-granular way.
Printer assignment across multiple domaines steadyPRINT enables the assignment of printers across multiple domaines. This, of course, requires that a position of trust exists between the domaines and that steadyPRINT is able to access all domaines/sub domaines.
Performance profiles steadyPRINT offers so-called performance profiles which can be used to make global settings for all or just a group of steadyPRINT components. These settings are performance-critical and can have a major impact on your steadyPRINT and IT environment.
User-defined fields The steadyPRINT Center offers the possibility to create other fields for the storage of own information. Apart from the default information fields location and comment, you can define further fields that can be used in your steadyPRINT environment. This way, you can, for example, add an inventory number to a printer.
Extended search An extended search in the steadyPRINT Center enables you to look for all objects that exist in steadyPRINT. A wide variety of filters and extended search functions will support you.
Integration of several AD trees to the Center If you are using several domaines that are connected to one another via a trust position, they are displayed in the steadyPRINT Center. The prerequisite for this is that these domaines can also be accessible and retrieved from the steadyPRINT Center.
Maintenance mode for print servers In case of maintenance work or problems, print servers can be put into a maintenance mode. From that moment, the backup print server that has been defined before takes over the print server role and all printer connections are respectively adjusted.
Replication of printers including printer driver settings With steadyPRINT you have the option to replicate printers and their printer driver settings to a different print server. This way, in case of a master backup constellation, changes that have once been made on the master server do not have to be configured again manually on the backup server.
Passing through the original client name over several Citrix sessions Even with nested Citrix sessions, the original client name is determined and used by the steadyPRINT Agent. This way, settings that have once been configured for the client will be kept thoughout all Citrix instances.

Local Printers

Feature Description
Local printer administration The central management of local printers is guaranteed via the steadyPRINT Center. The Windows printer administration of the local client and the printer properties as well as the print spooler of the local printer can be opened via the steadyPRINT Center. Moreover, all users of the local printers are displayed. For these users, one of the local printers can be set as default printer.
Assignment of AD objects After the conversion into a BranchOffice print server, assignments can be made to the inventoried local printers. These local printers can thus be assigned to all AD objects.

Driverless Printing

Feature Description
VPD 2 The Virtual Printer Driver 2 (VPD 2) has been improved in many areas. Among others, a new driver interface as well as an improved engine for merging different printer settings are available.
Print Templates The so called “print templates” represent a central topic. They offer the administrator the possibility to store printer settings as a template for the user. The different template types force or predefine printer settings for selection.

The user selects the public templates via a dop-down menu. This way, he/she does not have to look for the required setting in the manufacturer’s driver menu – this has already been done and stored by the administrator. In addition, however, the user is allowed to modify the settings in the VPD driver interface.

Protected-Templates are assigned by the administrator as soon as permanently defined settings are to be specified that cannot be modified by the user. The user is only permitted to choose between the different protected templates. A modification of the settings via the VPD driver is not possible.

Printer Features steadyPRINT now offers the option to collect printer functions (e.g. duplex, punching, stapling, color, black/white). This is done automatically via the steadyPRINT Center but can also be handled manually. Any other function can be added subsequently by an administrator. This enables the user to browse for specific printer functions in the Agent if e.g. a printer with a punching function is required.
Drivers steadyPRINT VPD has an own driver that offers all default settings, from monochrome and color print up to punching and stapling.
Reliability As the steadyPRINT VPD printers are local printers, you will no longer face the problem that the UNC path changes when changing from the master print server to the backup print server as it is the case with network printers. Moreover, you do not risk having to reinstall the driver after the switch to the backup print server. If a backup print server has been stored via the steadyPRINT Center, the steadyPRINT VPD can guarantee interruption-free printing in case of a print server failure.
Batch print The steadyPRINT VPD has an integrated batch printer. At any time, the user can print into a directory on his local client and decide when and to which printer the document should physically be printed. As an option, a user can create and manage additional individual batch printers.
PDF printers The steadyPRINT VPD has an integrated PDF printer.
steadyPRINT VPD: vDirect printer The steadyPRINT vDirect printer offers the option to print without a dialog. The printer to be used is permanently stored so that a subsequent selection is no longer necessary. The target printer is selected in the respective program. The handling for the user is thus the same as with common network or local printers and at the same time offers all advantages of a steadyPRINT VPD printer.

Monitoring

Feature Description
SNMP integration The steadyPRINT Center is able to retrieve all important printer information via SNMP, e.g. toner or paper status, fixing stations, printed color or monochrome pages, copies, maintenance or leasing data and many more.
Monitoring of printer status, toner level and runtime parameters steadyPRINT is able to retrieve the SNMP printer information and to provide them in a centralized and edited way. This way, you get e.g. a simple overview of the current status of your printer as well as the current toner level.
Custom-SNMP As with some printers the required information cannot be retrieved via SNMP, steadyPRINT offers the option of custom-SNMP, meaning manufacturer-specific. This way, all printer information can be retrieved, edited and centrally provided in steadyPRINT.

Reporting

Feature Description
Creation of reports The printer information collected by steadyPRINT can be evaluated and edited in form of reports.
Creation and delivery of reports Apart from the option, to once create reports in steadyPRINT, this process can also be performed automatically. You can, for example, send reports at a certain time by mail or store on a network share

Reliability

Feature Description
Reliability – Verification of IP accessibility, spooler, disk space etc. In order to guarantee a reliability, the master and backup print server continuously verify the “vital functions” of the partner. Among others, it is checked whether the other participant is available via ping, whether the spooler is accessible or sufficient disk capacity is available on the host.

Migration

Feature Description
Print server migration With the migration feature, the steadyPrint Center offers the possibility to easily migrate print servers. The activation of the extended migration features provides a wide range of additional functions that considerably simplify the migration and consolidation processes. This way, you can for example modify the printer driver, printer port and printer name during a migration. Unlike the Windows dashboard tools used for a migration, steadyPRINT completely reinstalls the printers instead of just copying them.

Inventory

Feature Description