If you’ve ever worked in an environment that uses a virtual desktop infrastructure, you might know the difficulty of getting something to print from a machine that ‘isn’t really there.’ Many people assume that printing from a virtual desktop ( VDI Printing ) is destined to be a complex task, mainly because they have worked in environments that didn’t take printing into account. But it doesn’t have to be such a challenge, and a lot of those persistent challenges are actually very easy to deal with, with the right solution.
The Challenges Of Printing In VDI
Printing within a VDI environment presents a completely new set of challenges to both IT professionals and users. The problem is that many environments simply aren’t set up properly for VDI printing, and so users come across a lot of printing issues. PrinterLogic explains that some of these include:
- “Reliably deploying and installing printers becomes difficult if not impossible.
- Driver incompatibilities are frequent.
- Limited access to full printer features.
- Systems often ‘forget’ default printing settings.”
Regardless of what type of environment you’re operating, you’ve probably come across some of these issues. You may have even accepted long ago that such issues are just part and parcel of the VDI printing experience. But that’s where you’re wrong.
Our partners at PrinterLogic explain how having the proper VDI printing solution in place means that you never have to face these problems again in their recent article:
“In VMware environments, for example, PrinterLogic solves the usual VDI printing problems by introducing its renowned automated deployment, centralized management and self-service portal features. Automated deployment enables admins to deliver printers to VMware users based on their location using specific criteria like Active Directory (AD) user, group, organizational unit, IP address range and more – all without resorting to complex hierarchical group policy objects (GPOs). Centralized management overcomes many VDI printing issues by allowing admins to create, edit and remove printers anywhere in the organization from a single pane of glass. And PrinterLogic’s self-service portal empowers end users with the ability to identify and install nearby printers themselves without having to call the service desk.
The same is true for Citrix environments. In fact, PrinterLogic lets you choose between using the Citrix Universal Printer, Citrix auto-created printers and Citrix session printers. Each addresses VDI printing issues in different ways, so you can use the method that best suits your organization. Available features include driverless printing to ensure greater compatibility, utilizing native print job compression, or implementing PrinterLogic’s easy proximity printing functionality.”
Because these enterprise solutions are designed to integrate seamlessly into VDI infrastructures, we are able to provide rock-solid printing capabilities, effortless management and reliable installation that traditional printing solutions simply can’t manage with a VDI environment. Not only that, but customers often see an increase in printing speed, thanks to direct IP printing technology. And with a simple to use print interface, any organisation can start eliminating print servers, and all the headache that does with them, without sacrificing any functionality. For more information about VDI printing, or to book your free demo, get in touch with the Tipac team today.