To complete this tutorial you need: - An Azure AD account with permissions to: - add an application to your Azure organization - grant permissions to ezeep Blue to read some profile information - grant permissions to have users authenticate via your Azure AD (This account is usually an administrator in your Azure AD.) - A Windows Virtual Desktop instance - An admin account to install software on the Windows Virtual Desktop instance - A Windows PC/Server with at least one printer installed - An admin account to install software on the Windows PC/Server
Overview of Steps
Let's get started
1. Sign up to ezeep Blue via the Azure Marketplace
- Click on "Microsoft" when presented with the ezeep Blue login page and log in with the Azure account you used so far.
2. Install the ezeep Blue Connector on a Windows PC/Server
The ezeep Blue Connector connects any printer to your ezeep Blue organization. The ezeep Blue Connector is available as software that can be installed on a Windows PC/Server and as part of the ezeep Hub appliance. In this tutorial, you are going to install the ezeep Blue Connector software on a Windows PC/Server.
- Log in to your PC/Server that has at least one printer installed.
- Run the setup as an administrator and follow the prompts
Note: If there are many printers installed, wait a couple of minutes before continuing with this tutorial so that the ezeep Blue Connector for Print Server has enough time to report the printers to your ezeep Blue organization.
3. Configure your ezeep Blue organization via the admin Portal
Next, we want to assign printers to user groups so that the ezeep Blue Print App can create these printers for the users in their Windows Virtual Desktop sessions.
- Log In to the ezeep Blue admin portal by going to https://app.ezeep.com, clicking on "Microsoft" and logging in with your Azure credentials.
- In the menu on the left, click on "Users & Groups" and select the "Groups" tab.
- Click on "Add Group" and select "Import Azure AD Group"
- Select the Azure AD group(s) that contain your Windows Virtual Desktop users and click "Import"
- The selected groups will be listed. Click on the pencil icon on the right for the group to which you want to assign printer(s).
- Select the "Printers" tab and select the printer(s) members of this group should see in their Windows Virtual Desktop session. Click "Done" to save your selection.
4. Install the ezeep Blue Print App on the Windows Virtual Desktop instance
Now that your printers are connected with your ezeep Blue organization via the ezeep Blue Connector for Print Server and assigned to a user group via the ezeep Blue admin portal, it is time to install the ezeep Blue Print App on your Windows Virtual Desktop instance.
Note: For information on automatic deployment of the ezeep Blue Print App, have a look here.
- Log in to your Windows Virtual Desktop instance as administrator
- Download the ezeep Blue Print App from here.
- Run the installer as administrator and follow the prompts.
- During the last step of the installation process, your web browser will start and open the ezeep Blue login page. You can close it if you don't want to have ezeep Blue printers created for your admin account or log in by selecting Microsoft and providing your Azure AD credentials
- Click on "Finish" to close the installer and allow the the Windows Virtual Desktop instance to reboot when prompted.
5. Test it by printing from the Windows Virtual Desktop
Lastly, verify that printers are being created for your Windows Virtual Desktop users by ezeep Blue and that they can print.
- Log in to your Windows Virtual Desktop instance as a user.
- Upon first login, the Internet Explorer will open and ask the user to sign in to ezeep Blue. This will only happen once per user. Select "Microsoft" and provide Azure AD credentials for the user account you want to test printing with. Make sure that this user is a member of the group to which you had assigned printers earlier.
- Wait a couple of seconds to allow the ezeep Blue Print App to create the printers you had assigned to the group of this user before opening an App like notepad.
- Open the Print dialog of the App and look for the assigned printers. You can identify them by "(s#)" at the end of the printer name with # representing the session id.
- Select one of the ezeep Blue printers and click "Print". Within a few seconds your printer should start warming up and printing.