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Defines a model for an LPD type1 ThinPrint Port. The model is represented by a container that predefines all printer ports to be installed by Tpms.Agent in one variable.

Afterwards, this model can be used to define the target machine using New-TpmsObjApplyAgent and to perform the installation process using Start-TpmsApplyByAgent.


  • ThinPrint Engine

path of print data with ThinPrint LPD printing


New-TpmsObjTpPortLpr -Name <string> -Queue <string> [-Filter <char>] [-CompressData <boolean>] [-BandwidthCtrl <uint32>] [-PackageSize <uint32>] [-Version <uint32>]

Parameter Description
-Name printer port name to be created; the port name must end with a colon ( : ), examples:

LprPort: or “Lpr Port:”

-Queue printer queue name on a Linux or Unix machine or on a print server appliance; see Printer queue 
-Filter if available, name a decompression filter installed on the (Linux or Unix) target machine; one character can be given (default: l, small letter); see LPD decompres­sion filter
-CompressData switches data compression ON or OFF if a decompression filter can be used on a Linux or Unix machine

1: on

0: off

see No data compression

-BandwidthCtrl bandwidth for printing limited to 1–10,000 kbit/s (kbps); see Bandwidth control; default: unlimited

Up to installer version 1.0.53 or 1.0.61, the value had to be given in bps instead of kbps.

-Compression compression level

{Disabled | Level0 | Level1 | BestSpeed | Level2 | Level3 | Level4 | Level5 | Lev­el6 | Default | Level7 | Level8 | Level9 | BestCompression}

For Level9 see Minimum print data volume

-PackageSize size of IP datagrams (in Byte) to be sent to the ThinPrint Client (default: 65535)
-Scheme Old: printer naming convention


New: printer naming convention



see Naming convention

-Version optional: ThinPrint Port Monitor version (default: 151257685)

ThinPrint Port settings: LPD port type (Lpd)

ThinPrint Port settings: Naming convention

Example 1: cmdlet usage

New-TpmsObjTpPortLpr -Name Lpd: -BandwidthCtrl 256 -Queue lp0 -Filter c -CompressData 1

Defines a ThinPrint Port with the denomination Lpd:, the print protocol LPR/LPD with bandwidth limited to 256 kbit/s (kbps), the target printer queue name Lp0, data compression ON and the decompression filter name c (on the target machine).

Example 2: Script containing New-TpmsObjTpPortLpr

The following script creates and shares a number of ThinPrint printers with native drivers – each with a Thin­Print LPD Port. The printer information is retrieved from the .csv file network-printers01.csv. The printer properties are retrieved from the templates of the relevant native drivers.

For each printer read from the definition file a relevant ThinPrint printer with a native driver as well as a ThinPrint Port is created.

  • The definition file network-printers01.csv:

"1","PRN01-BLN","PRN01-BLN:","","Lexmark T644 Class Driver","Lexmark T644 Class Driver"

"1","PRN02-OSL","PRN02-OSL:","","HP Color LaserJet 9500 PCL6 Class Driver","HP Color LaserJet 9500 PCL6 Class Driver"

"1","PRN03-STK","PRN03-STK:","","HP Universal Printing PCL 6","HP Universal Printing PCL 6"

"1","PRN04-KPN","PRN04-KPN:","","OKI PCL6 Class Driver","OKI PCL6 Class Driver"
  • The PowerShell script:
$allports = @()

$printers = @()

$allprinters = @()

$portnum = 0

Import-Csv -Path .\network-printers01.csv | foreach {

if($_.Selected -eq 1)


$allports += New-TpmsObjTpPortLpr -Name ([string]::Format("ThinPort{0:D3}:", $portnum)) -Queue Lp1

$printer = $_.PrinterName

$address = $_.Address

$printers = New-TpmsObjPrinter -Name ([string]::Format("{0}#{1}",$printer, $address)) -Driver $_.DriverName -Port ([string]::Format("ThinPort{0:D3}:", $portnum)) -Template $_.TemplateName

Add-TpmsSharingInfo -Printers ($printers) -Name $_.PrinterName -Mode Network

$allprinters += $printers

$portnum += 1



$srva = New-TpmsObjApplyAgent -Name "cps47.ourdomain.local" -Port 5050 -Printers ($allprinters) -Ports ($allports)

Start-TpmsApplyByAgent -Action Deploy -Servers ($srva) | Format-TpmsDispatch

Start-TpmsApplyByAgent -Action Deploy creates ports and printers on the target machine and -Action Remove deletes them.

Printers folder on the central print server: template printers before running the script

Printers folder on the central print server: template printers as well as four ThinPrint printers (with native drivers) created and shared by the script above

ThinPrint Port Manager: template printers connected to ThinPort: as well as ThinPrint printers connected to four LPD type ThinPrint Ports created by the script above

1 Print data are sent – bandwidth controlled – via the LPR/LPD protocol directly to Line Printer Daemons (LPDs)

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