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HP Web Jetadmin
Briefing Paper
Introduction
Keeping a diverse range of printers, copiers and
multifunction products (MFPs) running at optimal
performance can be a challenge for IT managers and
network administrators. Organisations often have devices
from a number of manufacturers. Each manufacturer
offers proprietary device management tools but these
cannot be used to manage other manufacturers’ devices.
Instead of using several tools, IT managers and
administrators prefer to use one system for managing all
their devices.
Benefits
HP Web Jetadmin benefits include:
Hewlett-Packard (HP) addresses this need by offering
non-proprietary device management software called
HP Web Jetadmin. Unlike proprietary device management
tools, HP Web Jetadmin can be used to monitor many
different models from various manufacturers. HP Web
Jetadmin is widely accepted and used by IT managers. By
ensuring that our devices adequately support HP Web
Jetadmin, Ricoh can maximise IT sales.
All devices can be easily managed through a single
web-based software solution
Administrators can proactively solve problems before
they affect productivity, saving time and money
Functionality can be expanded with optional plug-ins,
for example, report generation
Security features including SSL, SNMP version 3.0
and authentication are available.
What is HP Web Jetadmin?
HP Web Jetadmin is non-proprietary software for
installing, configuring and managing networked devices
including printers, scanners and MFPs. It allows network
administrators to use a single software interface to
manage devices from all major manufacturers.
How HP Web Jetadmin works
Any device that supports standard printer MIB (RFC 1759)
and MIB II (RFC 1213) can be monitored using HP Web
Jetadmin, provided that the print server can send printer
MIB requests to the printer and relay answers back to HP
Web Jetadmin.
HP Web Jetadmin is free and can be downloaded from HP
websites. HP Web Jetadmin is accessed via a standard
web browser and enables administrators to remotely
manage networked devices.
However, each manufacturer has its own proprietary MIBs
that define a device’s advanced capabilities. To enable HP
Web Jetadmin to communicate effectively with another
manufacturer’s proprietary MIB, a device plug-in is
required. Some manufacturers have developed device
plug-ins via HP’s third party device certification program.
HP Web Jetadmin can send email messages, or alerts,
whenever a device requires intervention. For example, an
administrator can receive an email when a device runs out
of paper or has low toner levels. Receiving early
notification of printer events allows administrators to
correct the problems before they impact end user
productivity, saving time for both the administrator and
the end user. Users can also perform certain tasks using
HP Web Jetadmin. For example, they can monitor device
status and search for a device by location or capabilities.
HP Web Jetadmin can monitor devices from
all major manufacturers from a single interface
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Support for non-HP devices
Ricoh provides a plug-in
There are three levels of support for non-HP devices:
Ricoh has partnered with HP to develop a plug-in for HP
Web Jetadmin. The plug-in makes advanced functionality
available with Ricoh models. This enables customers who
are already using HP Web Jetadmin to effectively manage
Ricoh devices.
Limited functionality—via standard printer MIB and
MIB II
Additional functionality—when a manufacturer’s
plug-in for a specific device is installed, some additional
functionality will be available for most of the
manufacturer’s models
Advanced functionality with full graphical support—
when a manufacturer’s plug-in for a specific device is
installed.
The Ricoh plug-in, which is provided at no charge, has
been certified by HP, and can be downloaded from Ricoh
and HP websites.
When HP Web Jetadmin communicates with a device via the
standard printer MIB and MIB II, only limited functionality is
supported. For example, while some errors can be monitored,
toner levels, paper levels and alerts are not supported.
Without a specific device plug-in, a device is represented by
generic graphics.
Supported features
When the Ricoh plug-in is installed, the following HP Web
Jetadmin functions are enabled for supported models:
Device discovery—automatically detect
pre-configured, DHCP enabled and IPX configured
devices
Device groups—organise devices into groups by
floor, department or network segment
Device configuration—remotely configure Ricoh
devices individually or by group
Device capabilities—identify installed accessories
and their capabilities, including RAM, HDD, print and
scan speeds
Generic graphics—without a plug-in
Real-time device status—detect and view status
including paper levels, toner levels
When a specific device plug-in is installed, more advanced
functionality is supported. For example, HP Web Jetadmin can
provide a graphical representation of that device. With a
specific device plug-in installed, the graphic accurately
represents that device’s accessories and finishing capabilities.
This means that when an error occurs, it is reflected in the
device graphic, allowing the device to be monitored ‘at a
glance’.
Device statistics—export counter and network
communications statistics in CSV or XML file format
Diagnostic information—view diagnostic
information about devices on the network
Problem alerts—receive alerts via email when a
device requires intervention or service, such as low
toner or out of paper
Device embedded web server—access any Ricoh
device’s embedded web server and enable additional
alert types, for example, drum, fuser, transfer kit and
toner levels.
Alert types
The alert types supported by the Ricoh plug-in include:
Graphical representation—with a plug-in
Installing a specific device plug-in makes more functionality
available for other models produced by the same
manufacturer. Although full graphical representation of the
device and some alert capabilities are not available, the
available functionality is greater than when no plug-in is
installed.
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Cover open
Out of paper
Manual feed required
Toner low
Offline
Out of toner
Online
Intervention needed
Output bin full
Printer error
Paper jam
Stapler error.
Limitations
Competitor offerings
In general, non-HP models do not support the above functions
to the same degree as HP devices. For example, when
configuring HP devices, an administrator can set default paper
sizes and paper types, or specify whether the device should
continue printing when the toner is low. A non-HP device
offers a simpler set of device configuration features.
As standard, HP Web Jetadmin provides device plug-ins for
the following manufacturers:
There are also some additional functions that are only
available for HP devices. For example:
Canon
Kyocera
IBM
Tektronix
Lexmark
Xerox.
These plug-ins only provide general support, for example,
basic capabilities and status.
Print queue creation
For additional functionality, and graphic representation, a
specific plug-in developed by that manufacturer is required.
The following competitors have developed their own device
plug-ins:
Firmware upgrades
Device discovery looks for HP’s default IP address,
192.0.0.192, so it does not work for non-HP devices that
do not have an IP address set.
Okidata
Some earlier HP models did not support standard printer MIB,
so they do not support all HP Web Jetadmin’s
advanced features.
Canon
Konica Minolta.
Supported Ricoh models
System requirements and platform support
The Ricoh plug-in for HP Web Jetadmin is compatible with
HP Web Jetadmin versions 7.6.2 and 7.8.
The minimum system requirements are:
Requirement
The latest Ricoh plug-in for use with HP Web Jetadmin version
7.8 specifically supports the following Ricoh models:
Black and white
Browser
AF1035
AF2228C
AF1224C
AF2035e
AF1045
AF2232C
AF1232C
AF2022
AF1060
AF2238C
CL3000e
AF2027
AF1075
CL7100
CL3000
AF2032
AP600N
CL7000
AP3800C
AF2035
AP400N
CL1000N
AF2045
AP400
CL3100
AF1022
AF2015
CL2000
AF1027
AF2018
AF1032
AF2018D
Internet Explorer 6.0
Java Runtime Environment 1.4.2_04
or later
Colour
AF2045e
Details
System
requirements
PC with 1 GHz processor or greater
512 MB RAM
100 MB available disk space
(installer requirement)
HP Web Jetadmin supports the following Windows
environments:
Windows NT 4.0 Server and Windows NT 4.0
Workstation (SP3 or later)
Windows 2000 Professional, Server and Advanced
Server
Windows Server 2003
Windows XP Professional (SP1 or later).
The equivalent Lanier, Savin, Gestetner, Infotec and NRG
models are also supported.
TCP/IP and IPX/SPX protocols are supported.
The Ricoh plug-in provides some additional functionality for
most Ricoh models, even those not specifically supported. For
example, administrators can receive some alerts, view paper
and toner levels, configure devices and set up device groups.
More information
Plug-ins for additional models are currently under
development. HP Web Jetadmin can be updated with new
plug-ins whenever new devices are added to the network.
Ricoh plans to release a plug-in for HP Web Jetadmin
version 8.0 in early 2006.
More information on HP Web Jetadmin can be obtained from
www.hp.com/go/webjetadmin
HP Web Jetadmin software can be downloaded from
www.hp.com/go/webjetadmin_software
Plug-ins can be downloaded from www.software.hp.com
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Glossary
ASCII
American Standard Code for
Information Interchange.
SNMP
A set of protocols for managing complex
networks, first developed in the early
1980s. SNMP works by sending
messages, called protocol data units
(PDUs), to different parts of a network.
SNMP-compliant devices, called agents,
store data about themselves in
Management Information Bases (MIBs)
and return this data to the SNMP
requesters.
The most common format for text
files in computers and on the
internet. In an ASCII file, each
alphabetic, numeric, or special
character is represented with a
7-bit binary number—a string of
seven 0s or 1s. 128 possible
characters are defined.
CSV
Comma Separated Values.
A file format for data that stores
data as a series of ASCII text
lines with each value separated by
a comma.
SSL
Secure Sockets Layer.
A protocol used to securely transmit
data via the internet.
The SSL protocol provides data
encryption, server authentication,
message integrity, and optional client
authentication for a TCP/IP connection.
Often used to import data into
Microsoft Excel.
HTML
Hypertext Markup Language.
SSL uses a private key to encrypt data.
It provides two encryption strengths—
40-bit and 128-bit—this refers to the
length of the session key generated by
every encrypted transaction. The longer
the key, the more difficult it is to break
the encryption code.
A language used to format pages
and sites on the internet. HTML is
not really a programming
language, but more a
‘presentation language’.
Documents such as pages and
sites are built with HTML tags
(codes) embedded in the text.
HTML defines the page layout,
fonts, graphic elements, and
hypertext links to other
documents on the internet.
MIB
SSL was developed by Netscape but is
now widely used in other products and
internet applications.
TCP/IP
Used to store all the information
about the resources that are
managed by a network
management system. Uses RFC
standards.
RFC
A host computer or device that
manages one or more printers.
The print server receives print
jobs from computers and passes
them on to a printer so that jobs
can be printed.
XML
Sets standards for computer
networking, originally set up as
the official set of technical notes
for the development of the
internet. Refer to:
XML tags can be defined by the
developer of a document. For example,
data such as product name, sales
representative and price could be
defined with tags. This means the
internet document or page can function
like a database, as the tags identify the
pieces of information they surround.
The information can then be searched,
and particular pieces of information
retrieved.
www.rfc-editor.org
An RFC standard that defines how
to manage TCP/IP networks.
Also known as MIB II.
RFC 1759
Extensible Markup Language.
An extension of HTML that uses humanreadable tags to identify and format
information in internet documents and
pages, and business-to-business
documents.
Request For Comments.
RFC 1213
Transmission Control Protocol/Internet
Protocol.
A network protocol used to transmit
data between devices in a network,
such as computers and printers. TCP
guarantees delivery of data and ensures
that groupings of data, called packets,
are delivered in the same order in which
they were sent. IP specifies the format
of the packets and the addressing
scheme used to send them.
Management Information Base.
Print server
Simple Network Management Protocol.
An RFC standard that defines how
to store information about
printers.
Also known as standard printer
MIB.
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Version 1.000, November 2005
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