Printer Management

You can use Jamf School to preconfigure printers on computers using a profile with the Printer Management payload configured. This allows you to automatically install printers and drivers on computers in the scope of the profile.

Configuring a Printer Management Profile for Computers


If the printers you want to configure use drivers, you must install and package the drivers on the Mac you will use to configure the profile. If you need the drivers for your printer, you can find the drivers in Printer and scanner drivers for Mac from Apple's support website. For more information on how to package drivers, see Packages.

  1. In Jamf School, navigate to Profiles in the sidebar.
  2. Click + Create Profile.
  3. Select macOS for the platform.
  4. Select the type of enrollment you want to make the profile for.
  5. Enter a name in the Profile name field and configure the additional settings as needed, including the removal policy and time filter.
  6. Click Finish.
  7. Use the Scope payload to configure the scope of the profile by clicking the + icon and adding a computer device group to the profile scope.
  8. Click the Printer Management payload.
  9. To add a printer to the profile, click Add and configure the following:
    1. Enter the device URI in the Device URI field.
 The device URI of available network printers in your local network can be found by executing the following in Terminal: lpinfo --include-schemes dnssd -v
    2. Enter the printer name that will display to users in the Display Name field.
    3. Enter the printer location in the Location field.

    4. Enter the printer model in the Model field.
 The device model can be found by executing the following in Terminal: lpinfo -m

      The model displays after the file path of the driver.

    5. Configure the Printer Locked pop-up menu. If Required is chosen, the printer needs an administrator password to print.
    6. Enter the path to the PPD file in the PPD Path field. The PPD file must be prefixed with "file://localhost/". 
 The path to the PPD file can be found by executing the following in Terminal on a computer with the driver: lpinfo -m
  10. Choose a printer to use as the default printer from the Default printer pop-up menu.
  11. (Optional) To automatically include a footer on documents printed on a printer, select the Print page footer (user name and date) checkbox and configure the settings as needed.
  12. Click Save.
  13. Reboot the computers in the scope after the profile is distributed to them to ensure the printer is installed.