Printer Sharing


The OEM Printer Drivers, Licensed “End-User” Printer Drivers and Agent Printers are shareable over the network. Agent Printers are not available in OEM Printer Drivers.


To share the Black Ice printer driver on the network, follow the instructions below to set up the printer sharing correctly.



Host: the Host is where the base printer driver is installed.

Client: The client is where the printer driver is shared out to.



Sharing Process:


  1. Install the Black Ice Virtual printer driver on the Host.

  2. Configure the Black Ice printer driver on the Host as an Administrator. The most important configuration is the Output directory for the Client.

    To configure the printer driver for sharing, please click here.

    When printing on the client the document conversion and output will be generated on the Host.

    ·         If the output directory is a shared folder on the Host Server please click here.

    ·         If the output directory is on the Network drive please click here.

  3. Once the printer driver configured and it is tested, the printer driver can be shared out manually or through group policy.


Note: The shared printer on the client computer will be added only to the current user.



Sharing the Printer Drivers



  1. To Share a Black Ice Printer Driver, on Windows 2019 or newer server systems or on Windows 10, go to Control Panel > Printers and Devices and right click on the printer you would like to share, and click on Printer properties.

    On Windows 11, go to Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Printers & scanners > Click on the printer > Printer properties.

    On Windows 2016 and older systems Printers > right click on the Printer > Properties.



  2. On the Sharing tab, check the Share this printer checkbox, and enter a Share name. The printer will be displayed with this name on the network.



  3. When finished, click on the Apply button. The Printer Driver is shared successfully.


  4. To add the shared printer on the client computer, on Windows 11 systems, go to Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Printers & scanners and click on the Add device option.



    On Windows 10 or older devices, go to Control Panel > Devices and Printers and click on the Add a printer option.



  5. Follow the instructions of the Add Printer wizard, and add the network printer.



  6. Since the August 2019 Windows updates, Administrator privileges are required to install printer drivers.

    If you are not logged in as an Administrator and the drivers have not been installed on the client system yet, Windows will ask for the Administrator’s name and password. Enter the Administrator’s name and password and click Yes.



    It is also possible to remove the restriction that only allow Administrators to install the drivers.

    For more information, please see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article KB5005652.


    Alternatively, the Printer Driver can be manually copied from the Host system and installed on the Client system before the Shared Printer is attached. Please click here for more information.


  7. If the printer driver is added successfully, the following window appears.



  8. The shared printer is successfully added on the client computer.