I want to use Kofax Communication Server TC/Probe to check, if my IPPrinter application is working properly.
But when I setup the Probe destination to print the probe messages to physical printers using the IPP or port 9100 protocol, it will produce a lot of paper, which I do not want.
Is there any other way to setup TC/Probe with IPPrinter?
TC/Probe is designed to perform periodic tests to check e.g. if a FAX channel is working for sending and receiving by creating a TC/Probe FAX Loop send order.
In general, it is possible to enter any kind of KCS service to be used by TC/Probe and therefore it is also possible to define Probe messages for IPPrinter.
But if you would setup the probe in the common way, printing to a physical printer, you would also produce a lot of printed pages on the selected printer(s),
which is most likely not wanted by the customer. Normally it is sufficient to check:
- if the IPPRINTER application is running,
- if it is polling the IPPrinter queue and
- if it is able to generate PCL output
WITHOUT doing a real printout on paper.
This article describes the necessary steps to check, if IPPrinter is running avoiding real paper printouts.
We are using the print a file feature instead of printing to a physical printer.
If this "print to file" job falls into a timeout, this will visible in the TC/Probe Status as "undeliverable" and would mean:
- IPPrinter is not able initiate the printing (e.g. conversion error when converting to PCL format) or
- IPPrinter is not running at all
On the other hand, if the TC/Probe status reports "Delivered", it means IPPrinter is running and processing messages.
Optional: with appropriate settings it's possible to send a success or failure alert notification to any Administrator user.
Step 1: Create a new Probe definition
- Start the KCS Management application (TCMC.exe) on the server where TC/Probe is installed
- Navigate in the left tree view to the node Probing Agent - Probe definitions
- Right click in the middle pane, which is showing all probe definitions and select the context menu option New Probe definition
- Assign a name for the probe definition and set the parameters as shown in the example below. Optionally you might define a recipient
getting Failure- or Success alerts:
Step 2: Create a new Probe Endpoint
- Within the probe definition window press the Edit button in the lower pane
- A new dialog opens showing all Probe Endpoints
- Click into the last free line of the list to add a new Probe Endpoint.
- for the Probe endpoint Name assign anything you want (in this example IPPRINT Test)
- for the Service field use the KCS Service used by IPPrinter, typically IPPRINT
- for the number field use printer=c:/test.pcl&transport=file
- do not enable the checkmark in the reply column
- Save the newly created probe endpoint and add it to the probe definition using the Add button
- Set the "Enabled checkbox in the probe definition and save the probe definition
Step 3: Checking the probe results
- To check the result of probe message navigate within the KCS Management console to Probing agent - Probe status
- If the probe was successful you will see an entry with the Result OK and the detailed history will show the Event DELIVERED
- In case of the probe send order runs into a timeout the result column will show Error and the detailed history will show the Event undeliverable
- If configured in the Probe definition you will also get an alert notification in the KCS inbox of the configured user (in this example the user alex):
Level of Complexity
|Kofax Communication Server
Probing Agent TC/Probe and
IP Printer Application (IPPrint)