Printing services (Drucker)

Overview of the printing services at the MPCDF

The MPCDF offers printing services for users at the Garching IPP campus.

There are two printserver systems for the users, and Depending on the operating system used by the individual user he/she has to decide which of the two printservers to use. Please see the following decision matrix to decide which printserver is the right one for you.

    Operating system Printserver system
    printers printserver
    Windows 95, 98, NT4, 2000, XP EOL
    Windows Vista, 7 and higher x *
    Windows Server NT4, 2000, 2003 x *
    Windows Server 2008 and higher x *
    Linux x
    UNIX (AIX, BSD, Solaris) x
    Mac OS x

(*)  Not Supported but may work

(EOL) End of Life - May work, but no official Support



Windows: How-to install printers from printers

Note: The printserver printers is for windows operating systems exclusively. If you are using MS Windows XP or higher, please use printers instead of the printserver.

    • Access the printserver system by clicking on "Start" --> "Run" --> "\\printers\" --> OK.
    • To install one or more of these printers please double-click on the printer you want to use. The Windows operating system will then download and install the required drivers from the printserver automatically.


Linux/Unix: How-to install printers from printserver

Note: If you are using a Microsoft Windows operating system make sure to use printers instead of printserver!


Please install the CUPS printing system using your operating systems package management.
On Fedora/CentOS/RHEL, the command is:  "yum -y install cups-client"
On SuSE/OpenSuSE/SLES, the command is:  "yast sw_single cups-client"
On Ubuntu, the command is:  "apt-get install cups-client"

Once you have installed the CUPS printing system, edit the file /etc/cups/client.conf and restart CUPS using the following command as user root:

    echo "ServerName" >/etc/cups/client.conf
    ln -s /afs/ipp/common/etc/lpoptions /etc/lpoptions
    /etc/init.d/cups restart

Now you will be able to see and use all queues offered by the printserver printing system using the CUPS printing system in GUI applications (Firefox, Adobe Reader, etc) or using the well-known lpr command.



Please ensure you have a working OpenAFS client installed and running on your system.
Now please become root on your system (e.g. using ksu) and execute the following commands:

    mv /etc/printcap /etc/printcap.old
    ln -s /afs/ipp/common/etc/ /etc/printcap

Finally, please logout and re-login to your system. You should now be able to use any of the printing queues offered by the printserver printing system using the lpr command.



If you are using a wired Mac, it might be the best to use the lpoptions file from the AFS.

    mkdir ~/.cups
    echo "ServerName" > ~/.cups/client.conf
    ln -s /afs/ipp/common/etc/lpoptions ~/.cups/lpoptions

If you have a MacBook, please replace the last line with "cp /afs/ipp/common/etc/lpoptions ~/.cups/lpoptions".
This will ensure that the lpoptions are available even when you have no connection to the AFS.

When you are in building H1 or D2 and only want to use printers there please run the following command...

    echo "ServerName" > ~/.cups/client.conf



Examples for applications suitable for poster composition are given below.

  • LaTeX
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • LibreOffice/OpenOffice Draw or Impress
  • Adobe Illustrator

In general, any vector-graphics-based application capable of exporting content to PDF (or PostScript) files is suitable. Up to A0 size (841mm x 1189mm) is supported by the poster printer rzi0c at RZG. Make sure to set the desired paper size in the application.

As the final step of the poster composition process, please create a PDF file of your poster. Avoid printing directly from the application.

Poster printing how-to

The name of the DIN-A0 poster printer at the MPCDF is rzi0c, located in the first floor of building D2.

It is strongly recommended to print from a Windows system. Make sure to install the printer rzi0c first by following the steps outlined above. A step-by-step printing how-to is given below. If you don't have access to a Windows system, you can use the Windows terminal server rdsv4ts provided by the MPCDF.

From Linux/UNIX, the terminal server can be accessed using rdesktop, e.g.

rdesktop -d IPP-AD -g 1024x768 -a 24 (this example would use a 1024x768 resolution for the remote desktop window).

The step-by-step printing how-to is as follows:

  1. Check if the printer rzi0c has paper and is operational. It is located in the first floor of building D2.
  2. Open the PDF file of the poster you want to print in Adobe Reader. (The AFS home directory is mounted as H: on the terminal server.)


    Click on "Print..."/"Drucken...".
  3. Chose the poster printer rzi0c from the pulldown menu.


    After selecting the printer, click on "Properties"/"Eigenschaften".
  4. Select the paper size ISO-A0.


    Click on "OK". (You may note that the dimensions of the poster in the preview window are not correct. See the next step!)
  5. Click on "Properties"/"Eigenschaften" again, and directly afterwards on "OK". This step is crucial to make Adobe Reader aware of the A0 paper size and is related to a bug in the printer driver.
    The printing dialogue should now look as follows. Note the correct dimensions of the A0 poster in the preview window.

  6. Final step: Click on "OK" to start printing.
  7. In rare cases, the printing subsystem may have problems to print vector graphics correctly. In these cases, the following workaround may help:
    Click on "Extended"/"Erweitert" and activate "Als Bild drucken"/"Print as image". Click on "OK" to close the dialogue, and click on "OK" to start printing.


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