macOS Printer Management Payload

In version 6.5.5 we've added an additional payload to our macOS profiles: Printer Management.

In this payload you're able to pre-configure printers for all your macOS devices, this article will describe how to find this data for your printer.

Disclaimer: We are not responsible for any loss of user data from use of terminal commands.

Adding a printer:

You can add a printer to your list of installed printers by filling in the following fields in the payload:

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  • Device URI: The device URI is found using the Terminal app on a macOS device, when in terminal enter the following line of code: lpinfo --include-schemes dnssd -v this will give you a list of available network printers in your local network.
  • Display Name: Display Name shown to the user when selecting the printer. (e.g. Office Printer)
  • Location: The location of the printer. (e.g. Office or Classroom 03)
  • Model: The device Model is also found using the Terminal app on a macOS device, when in terminal enter the following line of code: lpinfo -m the device model will be shown after the filepath of the driver (e.g. Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/CNPZBMF4800ZB.ppd.gz Canon MF4800 Series).
  • Printer Locked: This governs if the printer needs an administrator password in order to print
  • PPD Path: The path to the PPD (or PostScript Printer Description) file. Local file URLs should be prefixed with file://localhost/. A way you find the drivers for your printer is by typing the following in console: lpinfo -m this will provide you with a list of drivers available on your macOS (These will always have to be prefixed with file://localhost/)

Default Printer:

In this list you can select the printer to be selected as default printer from the above configured printers

Options & Footer:

There's some additional option you can select for your printer like the ability to only show managed printers, you also have the option to automatically print a footer on your documents that include the username & date and additionally the MAC address.

Missing Drivers on your macOS:

If you're missing the drivers for your printer on your macOS device you can most likely find these drivers on Apple's page: Printer and scanner drivers for Mac.

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