This tutorial is designed for organizations who do not wish to integrate an Azure AD with ezeep Blue. For a tutorial on how to set up ezeep with an Azure AD integration, specifically for Windows Virtual Desktop, look here. To complete this tutorial you need: - A Windows PC or server from which to print. We will call this the User PC - An admin account to install software on the User PC - A Windows PC or server with at least one printer installed. We will call this the Connector Device - An admin account to install software on the Connector Device
Overview of Steps
Let's get started
1. Sign up to ezeep Blue via the ezeep website
- ezeep Blue supports multiple ways to authenticate. Select either a social provider to use existing Microsoft, Google or Apple credentials or enter your email address, choose a password and click "Next"
- Fill out the information about your company. Should you be setting up this account for personal use, write "personal" or something similar in the Company field and choose "Other" as industry. Click "Next"
- The ezeep Blue admin portal will open. Should you have chosen an email address and password during the signup, you will see a message asking you to verify your email address. Click on "Close" for now but remember to look for an email from ezeep in your mailbox and verify the address by clicking on the link in that email.
2. Install the ezeep Blue Connector on a Windows PC or 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. We call it the Connector Device. For this tutorial to be successful, install at least one printer on your Connector Device.
- Log in to your Connector Device.
- 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 they can be created for the user on your User PC (the device from which the user wants to print).
- Log In to the ezeep Blue admin portal by going to https://app.ezeep.com, and logging in with the same credentials you used to create your ezeep Blue organization.
- In the menu on the left, click on "Users & Groups" and select the "Groups" tab.
- Click on "Add Group" and select "Add ezeep Group"
- In the Group Information window that opens, enter a name for the group and click on "Create"
- Your newly created group will be listed in the Groups list. Click on the pencil symbol next to it to edit the group.
- Switch to the "Members" tab and select your user account.
- Switch to the "Printers" tab and select the printer(s) to which you want to print via ezeep Blue.
- Click on "Done" to close the Group Information window. Your configuration of ezeep Blue is completed.
Your printer(s) from your Connector Device is now assigned to a group which has your user as a member. Any of the ezeep Blue Print Apps can retrieve that information and make the printer(s) available to the user.
4. Install the ezeep Blue Print App on the User PC
Now that your printers are connected with your ezeep Blue organization via the ezeep Connector for Print Server and assigned to a user group via the ezeep Blue admin portal, it is time to install the ezeep Print App on your User PC.
- Log in to your User PC as administrator
- Download the ezeep 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 open the ezeep Blue login page. Log in with the same credentials you used to create your ezeep Blue organization.
- Click on "Finish" to close the installer and allow the the User PC to reboot when prompted.
5. Test it by printing from the User PC
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 User PC.
- If you are using a different account than the one used to install the ezeep Blue Print App, your browser will open die ezeep Blue login page. This will only happen once per user. Log in with the credentials you used to create your ezeep Blue organization.
- 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 application like notepad.
- Open the print dialog of the application and look for the assigned printer(s). Select it and click "Print". Within a few seconds your printer should start warming up and printing.