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Step 1: Install Mobility Print

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Plan and prepare for your installation

Before you install Mobility Print, follow these steps:

  1. Decide which host you want to install Mobility Print on.

    If you already have an existing print server… bonus! Just use the same host as that print server. You can jump to Download and install Mobility Print on your print server.

    WARNING

    Do not install Mobility Print on a DNS server or Domain Controller. For details about why not, take a look at Can I install PaperCut on a Domain Controller?

    Mobility Print needs to be installed on a system that is permanently connected to your network. This can be:

    • an existing print server
    • a new system (even a desktop system) that’s permanently left on
    • a virtual machine. This machine must have its own IP address so it cannot be behind a NAT (Network Address Translation).

    For more information, see System requirements.

  2. Determine the printer discovery method to use that best suits your environment.
  3. Open the necessary firewall rules according to the printer discovery method you're using.

Set up a print server (if one does not exist)

  1. Ensure the host system is connected to the same network that your end users will be printing from.
  2. Set up all your printers on the system using the manufacturer's provided print drivers.

    TIP

    Make sure your printers have logical names that clearly identify them as Mobility Print printers. It’s harder to change names later—users get used to names!

  3. Perform a test print on each printer to make sure it works.
  4. If you are :

    • already running PaperCut NG/MF and you are setting up an additional print server, install the PaperCut secondary server (a print server with a Print Provider installed).
    • not yet running PaperCut NG/MF at your organization, then follow the PaperCut NG/MF Installation instructions to install the Application Server.

      TIP

      Most small to medium sized organizations run their PaperCut Application Server on the same host as their print server.

  5. Check that PaperCut NG/MF tracks print jobs.

Download and install Mobility Print on your print server

Follow the steps below to install Mobility Print on any Windows, macOS, or Linux server.

This is the Admin interface page you'll see after Mobility Print is installed.

NOTE

Mobility Print must be installed on a local drive; it cannot be installed on a network drive.

Windows

Like all good install packages, just download the file, run it, and click Next a few times… done! The Mobility Print Admin Interface is displayed. See… that was easy.

During the installation, Mobility Print will automatically detect all available printers and you’ll be prompted to select which printers to make available to your users.

You'll also be given the option to install GhostTrap. This is strongly recommended because it will help you support the widest range of Windows versions. GhostTrap is open source software used to securely convert PostScript to PDF.

Mac

Like all good install packages, just download the file, run it, and click Next a few times… done! The Mobility Print Admin Interface is displayed. See… that was easy.

During the installation you’ll be prompted to optionally install GhostTrap. This is strongly recommended because it will help you support the widest range of macOS versions. GhostTrap is open source software used to securely convert PostScript to PDF.

Linux

  1. Log on to the server as the non-privileged "papercut" user, then download the installer.

    NOTE

    If you are installing Mobility Print on a Linux secondary server, you need to create the "papercut" user.

  2. Run the file from any directory.

    shell> su - papercut shell> wget https://www.papercut.com/products/ng/mobility-print/download/server/linux/ shell> sh ./pc-mobility-print-*.sh
  3. Follow the installation instructions and enter the root password when requested.

    NOTE

    Temporary root access is required for part of the install. Make sure the root password or pseudo password is handy. For more detail about the install process including installing to a different location, see PaperCut NG on Linux .

During the installation you’ll be prompted to optionally install GhostTrap. This is strongly recommended. GhostTrap is open source software used to securely convert PostScript to PDF.