Trying to mass print reports from a dying HP Unix database system.
Posted on 2013-05-13
We have a legacy database that runs on an HP Unix system (which is dying). We have to pull about 15,000 reports from this database and archive them in some manner.
The database doesn't have any sort of mass-export function, and we don't have support in house on this OS.
Ideally I'd say we contract with a database professional and work on exporting the database to something more modern, then create a new report to duplicate the one on the old system. I'm told that is may not be possible due to budgetary concerns, and to look for an alternate solution.
We CAN do a mass-print from the old system. However, it prints directly to a printer that is installed on the Unix box.
My thought is that if we could create a virtual PDF printer and install it on the Unix box, we could tell the system to print to this device, which would instead be generating PDF files, which we could archive off somewhere.
Does anyone have any experience with something like this?