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Procedure documentation Defining Output Devices for Local Microsoft Windows Printing  Locate the document in its SAP Library structure


Your SAP spool server (application server with a spool work process) is running on a Microsoft Windows server, and you want to print on one of the output devices that is defined in the Microsoft Windows operating system. To do this, you must create the corresponding device definitions for this output device in the SAP System.


        Ensure that a spool work process is running on the SAP server.

You can see which servers in the system have spool work processes in the list of SAP servers.

        Ensure that you can already print documents on the printer from the Microsoft Windows operating system.

If this is not the case, install the printer on the Microsoft Windows server. You can find details about this in your Microsoft Windows documentation.


It is irrelevant whether the printer is directly connected to the PC or whether it is a shared network printer.


Follow the procedure below to create a device definition for local PC printing:


       1.      Call transaction SPAD, and choose Output Devices.

       2.      If you are not in change mode, switch to this mode by choosing This graphic is explained in the accompanying textChange.

       3.      You can now do the following:

        You can create a new device definition by choosing Output Device Create.

        You can use an existing device definition as a template.

To do this, click the entry for the output device that is to be used as a template, and choose Output Device Create Using Template.

4.       Specify the name of the output device and fill out the mandatory fields of the individual tab pages as follows:





Device Attributes Tab Page

Device Type

Enter the device type that is defined in the SAP System for the printer model, such as HPLJ4 for the HP Laser Jet 4.

For a list of the device types delivered, see SAP Note 8928 in the SAP Service Marketplace.


Spool Server

Enter the name of the SAP spool server that is running on the Microsoft Windows NT/Windows 2000 system.

For additional information, see Spool Server .


Device Class

Select Standard printer.

Host Spool Access Method tab page

Access Method

We recommend access method C.


Host Printer

Enter the UNC name of the printer (name and network path) as it is defined in the Microsoft Windows Print Manager.

For example: \\P09330\P330


       4.      Optional: Classify the device. To do this, choose Edit Classification and then the appropriate output type classification for this device. Although classification of output devices is optional, it provides this advantage:

If you also classify your spool servers, the spool system checks that the device and server classifications match. This helps to ensure an optimal output configuration.


If you are preparing to assign a mass printer to a time-critical production server, then the spool system warns you of this disparity.



You can use the printer in the SAP System as soon as you have saved the device definition.


Status information on output requests is not available from Microsoft Windows NT/2000 systems if you use access method C.


The following example shows the definition of a PostScript printer that is to be used as an output device for local Microsoft Windows PC printing.

Device Attributes tab page:


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Host Spool Access Method tab page:

As the host spool system and the spool server are on the same server, the name of the same server appears on both tab pages. In this example, the printer also has the same name both in the SAP System and in the operating system.


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Local PC printing is the fastest and most reliable method to output SAP documents. However, you can also set up Microsoft Windows NT and Windows 2000 printers for remote PC printing. You can do this even if the spool application server for the printer is running on the Microsoft Windows NT system. For more information, see Defining an Output Device for Remote Printing on a Microsoft Windows PC.

For more information about other output devices, such as for UNIX printing, see Output Devices in the SAP Spool System.


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