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Hi,

We are currently printing in Mapper using print stations pointing to various printers in the building. As we have two live production, two test and one development sites configured we have around 45 different print stations running.

This is becoming more and more cumbersome to administer, we were interested in looking at Unisys DepCon as a printing solution but Unisys wanted a consultancy fee just to show us how it works!!!

Does anyone use DepCon with Mapper or can suggest different ways of printing from Mapper???

RE: DepCon

You would need to configure all your windows printers in DEPCON. To actually print, you would use the prt if you are using the mainframe or you would use the fil command to put the result in a specific directory so DEPCON can pickup and print. This is a simple overview. There are actually a couple of other steps that are needed to be done.

RE: DepCon

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Thanks for that,

We currently use the AUX statement to output to COP devices, the problem is that for every print station we have we need a Mapper session open to control it. This means that we have three virtual PC's each running up to 15 concurrent Mapper sessions, the management of them is time consuming when it comes to problem solving and setting up new printers etc.

I'd be very interested in learning more about DepCon but, as it is an added expense, do you know of any other printing methods on an Windows platform other than DepCon or multiple print sessions?

 

RE: DepCon

When we were a mainframe shop, we would use a combination of the AUX & PRT commands.When we wen to to CoolICE, we went exclusivly with DEPCON except for the developers.

If you want, when you setup a MPC Station, automactically install a default printer on it. This would mean that your company uses a standard printer. YOu can also try to setup system printers in CoolICE and then try to use the PRT command

RE: DepCon

Not having ever used DEPCON or COOLICE, I'd probably just install all the printers on the server and PRT to them. Background jobs can also print when nobody is around.

I'm in the fortunate situation of being the only user of our MAPPER system, and just COP (or printscreen) to my default windows network printer.

RE: DepCon

If you are using MPC (BIS GI) for your terminal client, you can AUX thru any open session, you do not need a separate session for it.

AUX requires too much set up in BIS and can only be used with positive station numbers. When the user needs flexibility in where to print, we usually recommend using a call to PCME,PRINT. The print can be sent to any printer that the user's workstation can access on the network.

If you have background runs that need to print, they will need to use the PRT statement. For these you would need to define "Printers" to BIS (from the console), but these printers could be any printer that the BIS server can access from the network.

Either approach would be less difficult than DEPCON.

DEPCON is most useful for 2200 printing or printing from multiple hosts/servers to the same printers.

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