Basic print flow
You can submit print jobs to the InfoPrint Manager server in a variety of ways. Various print submission methods are described in Planning to print with host systems and Planning to share printers. No matter which method you use, your jobs will travel similar paths once they get to the server.
In the most common configuration, you submit jobs to an InfoPrint Logical Destination (LD). The LD forwards the job to a print queue, and the print queue forwards the job to an InfoPrint Actual Destination (AD). The AD then sends the job to the printer. See Job B in Figure 1. InfoPrint Manager print flow for an illustration. This configuration is especially useful if you have multiple printers and want to balance the workload between them.
Another common configuration is to submit jobs directly to the AD. The AD then forwards the job to the LD that is associated with it. The LD sends the job to a print queue, and the print queue sends the job back to the AD where it started. Then, the AD sends the job to the printer. See Job A in Figure 1. InfoPrint Manager print flow for an illustration. This configuration is particularly useful when you need to make sure jobs are sent to a specific printer.
- If you submit jobs directly to an AD, the AD and LD that you associate with it must reside on the same server.
- If you use the Distributed Print Facility (DPF) to print from a host system, you must submit directly to an AD.
InfoPrint Manager print flow.
Job B is submitted directly to a logical destination, while Job A is submitted to an actual destination
These sections provide more information about the different kinds of InfoPrint objects and what happens to your print job at each step of the process.