Control, management, monitoring and data leak prevention for network and local printers
APClient (Advanced Printing Client)
Sentinel print management software controls and monitors, not only network printers but also any printers, copiers (printing function) and MFPs connected locally displaying printers’ counters and printed jobs. Any type, make or model of printer is supported, with any connection: USB, parallel, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth etc.
Sentinel client-server based solution with load balancing support is the optimal solution for environments related to massive printing activity at large organizations. The solution is already installed and working at large organizations of thousands of users each. The solution is very stable and can manage large quantities of printing smoothly and efficiently.
Multi-users printing, billing quotas (client billing code) and any other policies can be applied both for network and local printers cost effective and considerably reducing printing costs across the enterprise.
Sentinels AP Client can be used as an additional extension of Sentinel Print Management Software or as standalone printing solution in certain situations.
With APClient distributed printing to local or network printers in remote branches and offices, not connected by enterprise network is possible from any Data Source (UNIX, Mainframe, IBM AS/400, iSeries, VAX, AIX, etc.).
APClient printing security benefits:
- One of the key functions is Data Leak Prevention (DLP) for all printers - even connected locally. No document can be printed without proper user authorization.
- More than that, when unknown user will try to print via APClient, an error message will be displayed, and the operation will not be performed.
- All printing operation are recorded in the server log.
Sentinels APClient is installed on each workstation; it identifies user or job’s billing code on the local machine before the job is sent to print. Afterward, the user printing the job (or a particular client) can be charged. Multi users printing, billing quotas, and any other printing policies can be applied.
Sentinels APClient installation is done remotely from the server (in silent mode), the further update process is centralized and performed from the server. Users and the workflow process are not disturbed, and the maintenance is effortless.
Sentinels APClient is optimal print management solution in the situation when several users print from 1 PC or when the print jobs are printed on behalf of different clients that should be charged later.
For example in following situations:
- An educational institution, when several users print from one PC, each one having his/her username.
- Law firms, when the print jobs are printed on behalf of different clients of the organization, to be charged later accordingly.
In the regular implementation of APClient, both metadata and print job are sent and stored on the print server. When using Traffic Less implementation only the metadata is forwarded to the server, and the print job is stored on station until sending to the printer.
APClient enables users several printing options named Popup Types.
There are 3 Popup Types:
- Direct Print – Job is sent directly
- Billing Codes – Bill Code to change the printed job will be entered.
- Multi-User Workstation - User Name of the user sending the job will be entered.
The APClient is installed on workstations working with Sentinel software on the server.
The APClient connected to Sentinel server via TCP/IP port (1690 by default). Once the client contacted to the server, it sends workstation details (Login user, Driver, IP Address, computer name ….).
That information will be stored in the Sentinel DB in Sessions Table to allow the administrator to be updated regarding which workstations have APClient installed and their status as follow:
When APClient update is needed for several or all workstations, there’s no need to update each workstation separately.
The required sessions will be marked and will be updated at once.
The APClient also supports Fail Over and Load Balancing mode.
The APClient has different features:
Printing: APClient enables users to send printing jobs using the local printer (APClient) that installed automatically in APClient with the special print processor and port monitor. The spooling and the rendering of the print job are done on the client side and is stored there. When it’s ready the client sends the job file and the control (metadata) file to the server via TCP/IP on port 1690. On the server side, the job will be added to Sentinel queue for releasing or for push printing. The file can be sent in default data type RAW but can also be configured to be sent in EMF data type instead.
Traffic Less: When the client works with Traffic Less mode, the print data will be kept locally and will be sent to the printer when receiving the proper command from the server. The option improves bandwidth in remote environments and is usable if internet link was broken. The job is logged in Sentinel as if the file has been sent to the server.
Data leak prevention (DLP): The option enables extracting expressions from the text and adding rules. For example: extract “Top Secret” from the text and add rule not to print the classified job.
Log data collection: Working with APClient can be used not only for printing purpose but to collect information from printers. To work in such mode, the option should be marked in configuration. The collection can be done for:
“Local Printer Counters” = Collect counter from local (USB, LPT) printers, connected to users’ workstations.
“Printer Reporter” = Collect information of printed jobs from users’ workstations, both for local and net printers.
One or both options can be marked in configuration, per organization needs.
APClient configuration in a web application (Default configuration):
When Log data collection options are marked, the application will display all the required information.
When “Local Printer Counters” is marked - Select Devices->Data Collection->Local:
When “Printer Reporter” is marked - Select History->History.
All jobs printed by local printers are displayed with status “Printed L”:
5. APM: APM is an improved APClient.
On workstation’s systray, the following will be enabled via right-click:
The APM includes all described above features of the regular APClient, and also enables workstations’ users to select a set of printing instances remotely.
In web application, when Settings->APClient->File collection for printing>APM is marked:
Purchasing AP Client
Sentinels AP Client can be bought as a module of Sentinel Print Management Software or as standalone printing solution.
Try AP Client
APClient module is included in full featured Sentinel Free 60 days Trial and is available for download below: