The importance of Print Driver Management
Print driver management is an essential element of network printer management. The correct deployment of print drivers is required in order to prevent printing delays or failure. When updating drivers, the same accuracy is required. The more heterogeneous your printer fleet, the more print drivers your IT administrators will need to manage. Same goes for the number of print servers. The more servers installed, the more IT administrator time is required for print driver management.
To accurately manage print drivers in a multi-vendor print environment, your organization must:
- Store all drivers in a central repository.
- Upload these drivers to the print server.
- Document configurations for each driver and operating system.
- Test print drivers.
- Push drivers out to end user workstations.
- Repeat for each print server.
Like any software, print drivers are continuously undergoing improvements. This makes print driver updates necessary. Whenever a new driver version is released, it needs to go through all six steps outlined above.
The alternative to native or original print drivers is the universal print driver. The benefits of a UPD include the following:
- Only one driver (or maximum two if PCL and PostScript require different versions) to install, test, and update which greatly reduces IT administrator time.
- The PCL5 / PCL6 driver for universal print
- Can detect printers on any network, making it easy for end users to find new devices to print on (HP and Xerox only)