InfoPrint Manager interfaces

The main InfoPrint Manager interfaces are the InfoPrint Manager Administration GUI, InfoPrint Manager Operations GUI, the InfoPrint Manager Web Administration Interface, and InfoPrint Manager Web Management Interface, collectively known as the InfoPrint Manager GUIs. To administer your InfoPrint Manager environment, you primarily use the InfoPrint Manager Administration GUI or the Web Administration Interface. The InfoPrint Manager Web Administration Interface includes all functions (administration and operation) available in the InfoPrint Manager Administration GUI. You can use this Java-based interface to create, delete, or modify most InfoPrint objects. Printer creation wizards make it easy for you to create InfoPrint actual destinations.

To oversee the day-to-day operation of your InfoPrint Manager environment, use the InfoPrint Manager Operations GUI. This interface includes a subset of the functions available in the InfoPrint Manager Administration GUI. In the InfoPrint Manager Operations GUI, you can release jobs for printing and disable actual destinations. You cannot, however, modify the fundamental configuration of the InfoPrint Manager environment; you cannot delete or add logical destinations, for example.

The InfoPrint Manager Web Administration Interface supports the same security features as the InfoPrint Administration and Operations GUIs and any existing FST security settings apply to the Web Administration Interface as well. However, the read operations taken to display the objects in the InfoPrint Manager Web Administration Interface web application are performed by a special user wsClient. This user must be a member of the WebServices group. The WebServices group needs read access for the List/Query (pdls) operations on each InfoPrint Manager system the InfoPrint Manager Web Administration Interface connects to. Any other operations are performed with the specific user@hostname user connecting to the web application. For more information about the FST security, see RICOH InfoPrint Manager for Linux: Procedures.

The InfoPrint Manager Web Management Interface lets you perform some of the administrative tasks on the server. You can use the InfoPrint Manager Web Management Interface to configure and administer your print environment. InfoPrint Manager Web Management Interface supports various tasks, such as enabling the LDAP security or managing the Web Server, the Web Administration Interface, or the Pull Print environment.

All the InfoPrint Manager GUIs are installed on the Linux system that the InfoPrint Manager server is installed on. In addition, they can all be installed on remote Linux or Windows systems. As a result, administrators and operators can manage the InfoPrint Manager system without going to the Linux system that InfoPrint Manager is installed on.

Note: Mixing different levels of the interfaces, servers, or both might cause unexpected results with the Printer Details. Keep all of the clients and servers in the same namespace at the same level.

The InfoPrint Manager Web Administration Interface is installed on the Linux system that the InfoPrint Manager server is installed on. You can access the InfoPrint Manager Web Administration Interface from other machines through a web browser.

The third interface that you will use with InfoPrint Manager is called the InfoPrint Manager Management Interface. You use the InfoPrint Manager Management Interface to:

  • Start and stop InfoPrint servers
  • Perform troubleshooting procedures
  • Perform miscellaneous configuration tasks
  • Manage security functions (FST and LDAP)
  • Use the InfoPrint utilities