"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
"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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