Dispatcher Paragon with Microsoft Universal Print Connector


Print job data flow diagram

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Print job data flow description

  1. User adds Universal Print printer on the Windows 10 workstation and prints the document using the printer.

  2. The document is converted to some of the supported formats (PWG Raster, JPEG, PDF) and send to the server over IPP(S) protocol.

    1. The job can converted to defined format on the server by enabling document conversion feature ( for details, see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/universal-print/fundamentals/universal-print-administrator-roles, https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/universal-print/fundamentals/universal-print-document-conversion),

  3. The data is spooled inside Microsoft cloud infrastructure in a secure way (for details, see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/universal-print/fundamentals/universal-print-administrator-roles, https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/universal-print/fundamentals/universal-print-encryption).

  4. When the job reaches the cloud infrastructure the MS UP connector responsible for the target printer downloads it using the opened secure session (IPPS polling).

  5. MS UP connector translates IPP attributes into the driver configuration options and apply the job with settings to the windows printing subsystem (on localhost).

  6. The data are processed by the local print queue and delivered to the target specified in the printer port (LPR or TCP/IP Raw).

  7. Dispatcher Paragon Site Server spools incoming jobs and prints them in standard way depending on the queue name (secure or direct print).



MS UP Connector installation

  1. The Microsoft Universal Print Connector (hereinafter the MS UP Connector) must be installed on the on premises Windows Print Server.

    1. See Microsoft documentation for the installation files and installation steps: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/universal-print/fundamentals/universal-print-connector-installation.

  2. It is needed to change configuration setting of the MS UP Connector after the installation to enable correct job owner identification. The job owner identification is based on communication with the on premises Active Directory in so called "Hybrid Azure AD" (for details, see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/devices/concept-azure-ad-join-hybrid). To enable this communication set enable-hybrid-ad-aad-environment parameter in the c:\WINDOWS\PrintConnectorSvc\config.json file to true (default is false). The resulting configuration should look like this:

    1. {
      "enable-hybrid-ad-aad-environment": "true"

Registering UP print queue

  1. Create local windows print queues on the Windows Print Server where MS UP connector is installed.

    1. The queues can use any print driver and can be configured to print using LPR, TCP/IP Raw or even IPP(S).

    2. The print queues must be configured to deliver print jobs to the Dispatcher Paragon environment.

  2. Run the MS UP connector application and log-in using your Azure AD account with Printer Administrator role.

  3. Local printers will be listed in the "Available Printers" section. Mark the printers you want to register and click "Register" button to register them for Universal Print.

  4. Registered printers will appear in the "Registered printers" section of the MS UP Connector window and also in the Universal Print section on the Azure Portal.

Printer management

Printers are managed in the Universal Print section of the Azure Portal. For details, see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/universal-print/fundamentals/universal-print-printer-property-settings

Printer sharing and access control

Printers are shared in the Universal Print section of the Azure Portal. For details, see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/universal-print/fundamentals/universal-print-printer-permissions

Add a Universal Print Printer on a Windows device

See Step 4 here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/universal-print/fundamentals/universal-print-getting-started

Print to Dispatcher Paragon using a Universal Print Printer

Printers added to the Windows device in the previous step can be used as any other standard windows print queue. You can print from any application by selecting the printer and the print jobs will be delivered to Dispatcher Paragon and assigned to the logged on user.