Five Key Features of PaperCut NG/MF for IT Administrators in Managed Print Services Environments
For IT administrators overseeing extensive print fleets, navigating the complex landscape of networked devices and user requirements can be challenging. PaperCut NG/MF, a leading solution in the print management space, provides a myriad of features designed to simplify this role. While the software is known for its front-end capabilities, it harbors advanced, hidden features that are highly valuable for IT professionals. We’ve chosen five key features that directly impact IT administration in a Managed Print Services environment.
1. Zero-Install User Client Deployment
One of the most time-consuming tasks for IT administrators is software deployment across the organization. PaperCut NG/MF alleviates this burden with its zero-install user client feature. This element is designed to streamline the software deployment process, as it can be run directly from a network share. By setting the executable as a startup program, the client runs and auto-updates itself, saving administrators valuable time and effort.
2. Remote Administration
Remote administration is crucial for IT professionals who need to manage systems from various locations. PaperCut NG/MF is a fully web-based application, allowing administrators to access the system via a standard web browser. This feature eliminates the need for special admin software and facilitates quick response to any issues that may arise, whether it's from a workstation at headquarters or a mobile device while on the move.
3. Mobile Printing & BYOD
The increasing prevalence of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies means that IT departments have to manage not just organization-owned hardware, but also user-owned devices. PaperCut's Mobile Printing & BYOD feature seamlessly integrates into the existing print charging/accounting/quota process. It supports printing from various devices without requiring additional printer drivers or server authentication. This is particularly beneficial for Managed Print clients who are looking to extend printing capabilities across a range of user-owned devices without a headache for IT.
4. Secondary Servers and Site Servers
Large organizations often operate multiple servers, and managing them can be a complex task. PaperCut NG/MF simplifies this through its support for secondary servers and site servers. These components report back to the central Application Server, ensuring centralized management and control. The Site Server feature also offers enhanced resiliency, ensuring that printing services remain available even if the central server encounters issues. For IT administrators, this means simplified management and enhanced uptime, which is critical in enterprise settings.
5. XML Web Services and Command-Line Control
For advanced control and integration, PaperCut NG/MF exposes various APIs through secure XML Web Services. This feature offers the ability to programmatically manage and control PaperCut NG/MF, opening up a wide array of customization and automation possibilities. The system also supports server commands and scripting for added flexibility, enabling IT professionals to automate routine tasks or integrate PaperCut functionalities into existing workflows.
These features of PaperCut NG/MF offer significant advantages for IT administrators tasked with managing large and complex print fleets for Managed Print clients. They facilitate streamlined deployment, enable remote management, accommodate mobile and BYOD printing, simplify multi-server environments, and offer advanced control through APIs—making PaperCut NG/MF a comprehensive solution for print management.
Contact ManagedPrint today to learn more about how using PaperCut can simplify your IT team's time and exposure to print.