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I am trying to configure a HP JetDirect Print Server to use bootp onto a LINUX bootp server.  Unfortunately the jetadmin software is ONLY available for UNIX (Sun OS or Solaris).

What I need to know is what the file required are and their contents.  According to the jetdirect server manual the bootpdtab contains some information, however another file is downloaded to the print server via tftp, and it is this file that contains the parameters I need to set....

Can anyone help??
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by:hwillekens
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Try using ARP to configure this print server
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by:masklin
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No, I specifically needed to use bootp and the trivial file transfer protocol, as that is the ONLY way to download certain confurations to HP LaserJet printers.
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I've set up a HP on a solaris system, and from the look of it the only two files you need are bootptab and a configuration file, I call mine hplaser.cfg and it must be in a valid download directory (most likely /boot, but check the tftpd man page).

The format of the bootptab file is described in it's manpage, allthough you need to add a command like :T144="hplaser.cfg"
This tells tftp what config file it needs to download.

The format of my hplaser.cfg is as follows:

name:  <hostname of printer>
location: <physical location of printer, ie Computer Lab>
contact: <name of machine maintainer, ie Joe Bloggs>
syslog-facility: <syslog facility to use, ie local2>
allow: <netnum> <mask>  - This defines what machines can access                             the printer. (ie. 20.0.0.0 255.0.0.0                              for all machines in network 20)
idle-timeout: 120

There's supposively other stuff for snmp protocol access, but I'm not sure what that is - check the hp home page, www.hp.com

Hope this helps!
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