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Introducing SGD Printing

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  • Understand how SGD printing works.
  • Find out how users and Secure Global Desktop Administrators control SGD print jobs.
  • Learn the main steps for configuring SGD printing.

Users can print from applications displayed through SGD to a printer attached to their client device. SGD does this by co-operating with the lp or lpr printing system on the SGD host and the native printing system on the application server.

When a user prints, the print job is sent from the application server to an SGD server. The SGD server then sends the print job to the SGD Client, which sends it to the user's client printer.

SGD uses distributed printing. Print jobs are always sent to the SGD server hosting the user's application session. This means that a user's print jobs are distributed across the array, and there are no bottlenecks or single points of failure.

If the format of the print job used by the application server is different to the format needed by the client printer, SGD converts the print job before sending it to the SGD Client.

With Secure Global Desktop PDF printing, users print from an application using a Secure Global Desktop PDF printer. The print job is sent from the application server to an SGD server where it is converted into a portable document format (PDF) file. The SGD server then sends the PDF file to a PDF viewer on the user's client device where the file can be viewed, saved and printed. PDF printing can be used to avoid issues with printer drivers and print job formats.

Users Manage Their Own Print Jobs

Users manage their own print jobs from the Printing area on the webtop:

Screen capture of the Printing area on the webtop, showing the number of jobs currently in the print queue and the controls for managing print jobs

When documents are printing, the webtop tells a user how many print jobs they have in the queue. Users can click Cancel All to delete all pending print jobs.

Users can also click Pause to temporarily stop printing. When printing is paused, any print jobs that are pending are held in a queue until the user either cancels them or resumes printing. Click Resume to start printing again. The printer icon changes to show you when printing is paused.
Screen capture of the Printing paused button

To manage print jobs individually, click List all jobs. The webtop displays a list of all the print jobs the user has in the queue, along with information about the job, for example the number of copies and the selected printer. If you pause printing, click Screen capture of the resume button to print just that one print job. To cancel a print job, click Screen capture of the cancel button.

When printing from a Microsoft Windows 2000 or 2003 application server, or a UNIX or Linux system application server, users can choose which printer they print to. If the user does not select a printer, the output goes to their default printer. For all other application servers, the output always goes to the client device's default printer.

Users can see which printer is their default printer by pointing with the mouse at the printer icon on their webtop. A popup displays the name of the default printer.

If a user wants to change their default printer, they must log out of SGD, change the default printer and then log in to again.

Secure Global Desktop Administrators Control Printing Services

Secure Global Desktop Administrators control printing services with the tarantella print command. This command lets you perform the following:

Configuring SGD Printing

To be able to print with SGD, you might have to do the following::

  1. Configure your application servers.
  2. Configure the SGD server to accept remote print requests.
  3. Configuring Printing for UNIX, Linux and Mac OS X system client devices.
  4. Configure Secure Global Desktop PDF printing.
  5. Configure SGD print job conversion.

If you have trouble printing, follow the steps in the printing troubleshooter.

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