Supporting multiple InfoPrint Manager systems

InfoPrint Manager provides you with the ability to send jobs to multiple InfoPrint systems from the same SAP system. An InfoPrint Manager system consists of one or more InfoPrint Manager servers residing on either the same or different machines that are set up to interoperate by sharing the same namespace. If your print installation is large, with many printers distributed across a wide area and managed by different InfoPrint Manager systems, this function can help you to manage your installation more efficiently by defining separate LOMS to send jobs to separate systems.

You can implement this support by using the SAP GUI to add an optional flag with values in the form host:socket to your InfoPrint Manager OMS commands: ipm_submit, ipm_dev_query, ipm_job_query, and ipm_job_cancel.

host represents the host name where the InfoPrint server is running and socket the socket for the InfoPrint server on that host.

Using the procedure described in Defining another logical output management system , you can define a new LOMS for every InfoPrint Manager system to which you want to send jobs. For example, in the procedure below, you might want to create an LOMS1 and an LOMS2, one for each InfoPrint Manager system to which you want to send jobs. In Figure Sending jobs to multiple InfoPrint Manager instances, LOMS1 points to the New York system, while LOMS2 points to the London system.

Sending jobs to multiple InfoPrint Manager instances

Sending jobs to multiple InfoPrint Manager instances. Two LOMSs direct jobs from the same SAP system to different InfoPrint Manager systems.

To modify the OMS commands from your SAP GUI, use this procedure:

  1. From the SAP R/3 graphical user interface, modify the logical output management system (LOMS) definitions by specifying the spad transaction.
  2. From the Spool Administration: Initial Screen window, click Extended admin and select Logical OMS from the Output Management Systems pane to obtain a list of the logical output management systems (LOMS) available on your installation.
  3. From the Spool Administration: List of Logical Output Management Systems window, select the appropriate LOMS (for example, the LOMS1) and click Commands.

    SAP displays a list of operating systems.

  4. From the list of operating systems, double-click the operating system where your SAP system is running to access the OMS commands.

    From the Spool Administration: Operating System Commands (Change) window, you can modify the OMS commands to switch from one InfoPrint system to another. For example, to change the ipm_submit command to send jobs to an InfoPrint system that is located in New York (ny1 at socket 6874), you can change the ipm_submit command field as follows:

    Original ipm_submit command
    ipm_submit &P &F &EI &EG &Es '&O' '&o' '&R' '&f' '&C' '&Y' '&E1' "&T" 
         "&D" '&t'
    Modified ipm_submit command
    ipm_submit -c ny1:6874 &P &F &EI &EG &Es '&O' '&o' '&R' '&f' '&C' '&Y' 
         '&E1' "&T" "&D" '&t'
      Note:
    1. Even though this example shows only changes to the ipm_submit command, make sure that you make the same change to all InfoPrint Manager OMS commands.
    2. Do not make changes to any other part of the commands; these parameters are positional and must not be modified.

  5. Save your changes by clicking the Save (diskette) icon.

If you wanted another set of devices from this same SAP system to send jobs to another InfoPrint system that is located in London, (lon at socket 6874), you can return to Step , access another LOMS on this SAP system, and proceed to change the ipm_submit command fields for this LOMS as follows:

Original ipm_submit command
ipm_submit &P &F &EI &EG &Es '&O' '&o' '&R' '&f' '&C' '&Y' '&E1' "&T" 
     "&D" '&t'
Modified ipm_submit command
ipm_submit -c lon:6874 &P &F &EI &EG &Es '&O' '&o' '&R' '&f' '&C' '&Y' 
     '&E1' "&T" "&D" '&t' 

As before, remember to save your changes before exiting the Spool Administration: Operating System Commands (Change) window by clicking on the Save (diskette) icon.