Understanding Destination Support Systems (DSS)

The software that the actual destination uses to send jobs to the output device is called the destination support system (DSS). InfoPrint Manager for Windows supports these DSSs:

PSF DSS
The PSF DSS permits InfoPrint Manager to use the Print Services Facility (PSF) printing subsystem. You can use the PSF DSS to submit print jobs to output devices that accept the Intelligent Printer Data Stream (IPDS) or the PCL data stream. The PSF DSS accepts print jobs in a variety of data streams and transforms them into IPDS or PCL before sending them to the output device. The PSF DSS is the most flexible DSS. It provides a single point of control and tracking for print jobs.

The way InfoPrint Manager communicates with the output device depends on the type of actual destination. For PSF DSS actual destinations, it also depends on the attachment type. (See Understanding attachment types for PSF actual destinations.)

Passthrough DSS
The Passthrough DSS permits InfoPrint Manager for Windows to use the Windows print-spooling subsystem. This DSS supports non-IPDS (such as PostScript or PCL) printers using standard Windows ports and port monitors.

Before you create an InfoPrint Manager Passthrough printer (also known as a Passthrough actual destination), you must do these tasks:

  • Attach the printer device as specified by its documentation
  • Use the InfoPrint Manager Management Console to create a Windows port to communicate with the printer device (see Passthrough printer for details)
  • Install the Windows Generic/Text Only Driver from the Windows DVD

BSD DSS
The BSD DSS permits InfoPrint Manager to use remote printers or printing subsystems. InfoPrint Manager sends jobs submitted to BSD physical printers as separate print requests to a remote print queue.

InfoPrint Manager typically uses the lpr command to send jobs to a printer device or to another system. The target can be any device or system that supports the lpd protocol and that connects to the network with TCP/IP.

See the printer configuration documentation of the remote device or system for details on how to set up a remote queue.

IPP DSS
InfoPrint Manager uses the IPP DSS to communicate with printers that are Internet Print Protocol (IPP) enabled. This DSS allows InfoPrint Manager to access a printer by means of a Uniform Resource Indicator (URI) string.
Note: InfoPrint Manager does not support SSL/TLS encryption using the IPP DSS.

If you send intelligent printer data stream (IPDS) to your printer, you should create PSF printers. Check Selecting an attachment type for PSF actual destinations to see which attachment type to create. Otherwise, the type of destination you create primarily depends on where your print jobs are coming from. The appropriate DSS is different for each of these job submitters:

  • PC-based applications
  • Both PC-based applications and a host system (through DPF or MVS Download)
See these sections for assistance in making the decision.