Planning to print with host systems

InfoPrint Manager provides several options for printing to or from host systems, depending on how much functions you need and where you want to control printing from (the host system or InfoPrint Manager). All of the options let you share printers between host and LAN applications, though some require more configuration than others. Available host printing options include:

  • Distributed Print Facility (DPF)

    If you use z/OS or i5/OS, you can use DPF to receive IPDS print jobs and their resources, then manage them using InfoPrint Manager.

  • Download for z/OS

    The MVS Download Receiver daemon in InfoPrint Manager supports both Download for z/OS or AFP Download Plus for z/OS. If you use the Download for z/OS feature of PSF for z/OS or AFP Download Plus feature of PSF for z/OS, you can spool jobs to remote locations, so that the remote print operator can control printing.

    Note: In InfoPrint Manager, the term Download for z/OS refers to both the Download for z/OS feature of PSF for z/OS or the AFP Download Plus for z/OS feature of PSF for z/OS.

  • IPP

    If you have an IPP client on your host system, you can use it to submit jobs to InfoPrint Manager through the IPP gateway.

  • Infoprint Server on z/OS

    If you use Infoprint Server on z/OS, you can submit jobs on the host for spooling to a remote InfoPrint Manager server. The IP PrintWay component of Infoprint Server, which contains an LPR, and the InfoPrint Manager LPD must be running. (If you run the InfoPrint Manager Server on a Windows system, the InfoPrint Manager LPD replaces the Microsoft LPD for Windows.) When you submit a job on the host, you can specify advanced InfoPrint options, such as form definitions and page definitions. The remote print operator controls printing after InfoPrint Manager receives the job.

DPF and Download for z/OS are host print options. If you use a PSF on your host system, use this information in this chapter to help you decide which of the two is best for you.

After you have decided which method you want to use, see the InfoPrint Manager for Windows: Getting Started for configuration information.