- Microsoft has claimed that its Universal Print service is part of its “zero trust” vision for networks.
- Azure Active Directory is alleged to validate printers managed under Print Service.
- Universal Print is IPP based and therefore does not require installation, update or maintenance of print drivers.
Microsoft has claimed that its Universal Print service is part of its “zero trust” vision for networks. This appears to be new marketing information because earlier Microsoft released Service Management Erks for IT Pros.
The Universal Print service was launched in March and at the time IT pros would be tasked with monitoring print limits. For organizations with an E3 or E5 license, the Universal Print service is said to be “free”
Can be used with older printers
According to Microsoft, there is an unmatched feeling of using new printers qualified for universal printing, which they believe is the best experience. For a detailed list of partner printers that support universal printing, see this Microsoft document.
It is also possible for users to use the Universal Print service with older printers. Microsoft recommends an alternative solution; its Windows Universal Print Connector software. However, if you are using this solution, make sure you have installed the latest printer drivers.
Keep in mind
- Since the Universal Print Connector requires the correct printer drivers to be installed on the host PC, users are advised to verify that they are installing from a trusted source.
- Using a connector will block the process because using the Universal Print service is intended to avoid installation and maintenance of print drivers.
It should be noted that so far “PrintNightmare” was missing from the ad. The two problems may not be related because the rights of the clients are limited.
Vulnerabilities in PrintNightmare have previously affected Microsoft associated with the Point and Print Windows functionality of Microsoft.
Several fixes have been released for the PrintNightmare attack variants since their discovery, but it appears organizations have encountered issues with the workaround.
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