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Which Printer Driver – PostScript (PS) or PCL [How About Both!]

Printers are probably the biggest source of problems for most IT Admins.  Paper jams, low ink, leaky toner and streeky printing are just some of the joys you will often face.  Another common issue is slow or incomplete printing, what’s the answer to this equally common user woe?

Well your in luck because this is one thing you may be able to ensure is not an ongoing issue for your users.  Most printer manufacturers (i.e. Xerox, Canon and HP) offer Universal Print Drivers (UPDs) to tackle these very issues.

As a rule of thumb PostScript Drivers are best for printing from Adobe applications such as Acrobat (PDF) and/or other complex documents.  PCL Drivers are usually best for priting basic documents, Microsoft Word Documents (doc, docx) and Excel Spreadsheets (xls) to name a few.

You may find it best to install and share your network printer twice, one instance using the PCL Driver and the other using a Postscript (PS) driver.  You then just need to educate your users which printer instance to select from the printer list according to the document type they are dealing with.

Please feel free to comment on your own experiences

HP ProLiant ML Tower and DL RackMount Server – SNMP RAID and Health Checks

My second post is going to be about SNMP checks that apply to the HP ProLaint ML Tower or DL Rack Server, you need to install/configure the Windows SNMP Service, HP Insight Management Agents and the HP ProLiant Array Configuration Utility before these OIDs will work.

Drive Array Health Status = 1.3.6.1.4.1.232.3.1.3.0
1 = other, 2= ok, 3 = degraded, 4 = failed

CPU Fans = .1.3.6.1.4.1.232.6.2.6.5.0 (Usually only appliacble to ML350 G5 as the ML350 G6 Variant does not have CPU Fans)
1 = other, 2= ok, 3 = degraded, 4 = failed

ECC Memory Errors Reported = .1.3.6.1.4.1.232.6.2.3.3.0
0 = No Errors, 1 = 1 Error, etc

Power Supply Status = .1.3.6.1.4.1.232.6.2.9.1.0
1 = other, 2= ok, 3 = degraded, 4 = failed

System Fans = .1.3.6.1.4.1.232.6.2.6.4.0
1 = other, 2= ok, 3 = degraded, 4 = failed

System Temperature = .1.3.6.1.4.1.232.6.2.6.1.0
1 = other, 2= ok, 3 = degraded, 4 = failed

HP ML110 G5 – SNMP RAID Checks

My first post is going to be about SNMP for the HP ML110 G5 Server, you need to install/configure the Windows SNMP Service and the HP Storage Manager before these OIDs will work.

ML110 G5 – Controller Status = 1.3.6.1.4.1.795.14.1.201.1.1.15.1

Status Codes: 1 = other, 2 = unknown, 3 = ok, 4 = non-critical, 5 = critical, 6 = nonrecoverable

ML110 G5 – Logical Drive Status (Array 1) = 1.3.6.1.4.1.795.14.1.400.1.1.11.1

Status Codes: 1 = other, 2 = unknown, 3 = ok, 4 = non-critical, 5 = critical, 6 = nonrecoverable

ML110 G5 – Logical Drive Status (Array 2) = 1.3.6.1.4.1.795.14.1.400.1.1.11.2

Status Codes: 1 = other, 2 = unknown, 3 = ok, 4 = non-critical, 5 = critical, 6 = nonrecoverable

ML110 G5 – Array Type (Array 1) = 1.3.6.1.4.1.795.14.1.1000.1.1.4.1

Status Codes: 1 = unknown, 2 = other, 3 = raid 0, 4 = raid 1, 10 = raid 10

ML110 G5 – Array Type (Array 2) = 1.3.6.1.4.1.795.14.1.1000.1.1.4.2

Status Codes: 1 = unknown, 2 = other, 3 = raid 0, 4 = raid 1, 10 = raid 10

Hope you find my first post helpful.