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Understanding Print Driver Management

Print driver management

Understanding Print Driver Management

When you look at a printer, you might think that the only thing that required any management was the printer itself. But within a business or enterprise setting, there are also servers and drivers to install, maintain and manage before anything can be printed. The problem is that printer drivers tend to cause a lot of headaches, especially when they are combined with print servers. Many business owners will start by investing in some flashy dedicated print driver management software to enforce some form of organisation.

Print Driver Issues 

In general, the problems with print drivers or server interaction are usually down to a few key issues, but there are cases when the root cause is much more complex. Our partners at PrinterLogic explain:

 

“What are some of the most common problems associated with enterprise printer driver management? They include but aren’t limited to things like:

  • Driver confusion and incompatibility (e.g., 32- and 64-bit)
  • Poorly coded manufacturer drivers versus limited universal print driver functionality
  • Difficulty rolling back buggy driver updates
  • Print spooler crashes resulting from driver issues when using print servers
  • Improper driver deployments due to software or user error
  • Decreased performance from large driver repositories
  • Additional printer driver management hassles with Citrix and VMware environments”

 

Solving Print Driver Problems

Of course, there are solutions out there for these very common issues. But even this can be complicated, and the specialised software is tricky to use without years of experience. That’s why the first step should be to trial out enterprise print management solutions instead.

“Our next-generation approach to enterprise print management in general—and enterprise printer driver management in particular—changes all that. Even in challenging virtual environments like Citrix and VMware, our print management software serves as a comprehensive, cross-platform and universal print management solution, allowing your organization to eliminate print servers entirely and replace them with just one centralized server running a single, infinitely scalable instance of our software. From that point forward, you can use our web-based admin console as your dedicated printer and print driver management software to deploy, manage and update drivers anywhere in the organization with little more than a few intuitive clicks.”

 

Of course, there are many other benefits to enterprise print management solutions, all of which serve to make flexible printing a simple effortless task for businesses of all sizes. For more information, or to arrange your free demonstration, get in touch with the Tipac team today.