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How to Add An SCS Printer on a Mac OS X computer

The instructions for adding an SCS printer to your Mac vary depending on whether your Mac is:

Add a printer using JAMF

Using the Self Service App Store, you can browse all printers administered by SCS Computing Facilities. (If you do not have the Self Service App Store on your Mac, see the instructions for how to add a printer manually.)

  1. Open Self Service from the Applications menu in Finder
  2. Click All Printers in the right pane to browse all available SCS printers
  3. Click Install under the name of the printer you wish to install

(You can use the Search box in the upper right corner of the Self Service App Store to find a printer by name.)

You must provide your SCS Windows (Active Directory) domain username and password when prompted while printing.

Add a printer manually

If your Mac is not enrolled under SCS Computing Facilities Software support, or is not enrolled in the JAMF Software Server you may add printers by doing the following.

Preliminary Steps

Install the appropriate printing software for the printer(s) you will be installing:

Remove the old SCS printer configuration (Only if your Mac was ever configured to use osx.srv.cs.cmu.edu)

To do this download and install the SCS_Printing_Update.pkg

Adding an SCS Printer on OS X

  1. Open System Preferences. You can get to System Preferences from the "Apple" menu.
  2. Click on "Print & Fax" or "Printers & Scanners"
  3. Click on the Plus (+) icon in the lower left hand corner of the system preferences pane.
  4. If you do not see an Advanced option in the Add Printer pane that appears, add it by doing the following:
    1. Secondary click (or control + primary click) in the top of the pane (in the area where Fax, IP, Windows, Default and a search bar may appear).
    2. Click on Customize Toolbar.
    3. Drag the Advanced item (displayed as a gear) into a space in the top of the toolbar.
    4. Click on "Done" after the "Advanced" cog has been added to the Toolbar.
  5. Click on the "Advanced" button in the Add Printer pane. A spinning gear will appear. Wait for it to finish searching for printers.
  6. Click on the drop down menu next to Type and select "Windows Printer via spoolss"
  7. In the URL section enter smb://monolith.scs.ad.cs.cmu.edu/PRINTER where PRINTER is the name of the printer to be added. For a list of SCS printers which can be added look under Lists of Printers here: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~help/printing/index.html
  8. In the Name field change the name to be the name of the printer. Although this field can be set to anything, keeping it the same as the actual printer will make identification easier. You may optionally enter the location of the printer at this time.
  9. Choose the drop down menu next to "Use:" to select the printer driver. Select "Select Software"
  10. Look for the printer model, select it, and then click on OK. Information about SCS printers, including the printer model is available on the Printers by Name, Model, Location and Features. If the model is not listed click on Cancel. The model may not be listed because the software for the printer is not installed on your Mac.
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  11. Click on Add then select which options are installed on the printer if known. After clicking on OK the printer will be added.

  12. When you go to print to the newly added printer for the first time you may have to click on the refresh button because credentials need to be provided.
  13. In the authentication prompt that comes up select "Registered User" and enter your SCS Active Directory Account username and password (i.e. your SCS Windows account). You may optionally check "Remember this password in my keychain" so you don't have to type it every time you go to print to the printer.
    Note: If your Mac is running Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) or Yosemite (OS X 10.10) you must enter "SCS\" before your username or authentication will fail. Do not use your Apple ID because it will not work for SCS printing authentication.