Understanding interoperating environments

When you install an InfoPrint Manager server, the install process creates a namespace for that server. The namespace is a directory structure where InfoPrint Manager stores the location information of all of your InfoPrint objects, including the server itself, queues and destinations, and the Access Control Lists (ACLs) used by InfoPrint Manager Security. On a Windows system, the namespace is located by default at <install path>\var\pddir, where <install path> is the directory that you installed InfoPrint Manager in.

If you install a second InfoPrint Manager server on another system on your network, that server will create its own namespace and the two servers will operate entirely independent of each other. In some cases, however, you might want your servers to be able to work together. To make InfoPrint Manager servers work together, you set up an interoperating environment in which two or more InfoPrint Manager servers share the same namespace. The namespace is on one of the servers and the other servers are granted permissions that allow them to use that directory.

In InfoPrint Manager for Windows, you should only set up two or three servers to interoperate (not four or more). Those servers can all be installed on the Windows supported version. In addition, if you have InfoPrint Manager for AIX, it can be one of the three interoperating servers as well.

When configuring InfoPrint Manager servers to support interoperability, make sure that this rule is followed:

  • Each InfoPrint Manager server must be accessible by all of the other InfoPrint Manager servers using the same host name.

    For example, if Server1 is an InfoPrint Manager server with a host name of server.local, then all other InfoPrint Manager servers must use server.local to access Server1.