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NetworkWorld: Cisco's free, Linux-based print system

Dec 11, 2000, 18:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hochmuth)

"Some enterprise users may be timid about using open-source software as an everyday part of their networks. One open-source tool may change this attitude, and it comes with a name that most IT professionals know and trust: Cisco Enterprise Print System."

"CEPS is software written by network managers at Cisco to manage the company's network printing system. The system runs on Linux servers and supports more than 1,600 printers and more than 10,000 employee workstations worldwide running Windows 95 and Unix in Cisco's network."

"The core components of CPES include: a console tool (called "pradmin") used to add and remove printers from the network; a Simple Distributed Database (developed at Cisco, and called SDDB) used to manage and track active printers, drivers and other data on network printers; a set of configuration and troubleshooting tools that let users log on to remote print servers and perform other tasks; printer scripts for automating tasks such as installations and driver downloads; and a print daemon, based on FreeBSD, to execute jobs. Samba is also used to allow CEPS print servers to communicate with multiple platforms."

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