Transfer printers from one landscape to another in seconds

Learn from Basis administration expert Giovanni Davila how to transfer printers or output devices from one landscape to another quickly and easily.

If you have a new landscape in your network and need to set up all of the printers (output devices) you have in your other landscape, you can transfer them in seconds!

Instead of creating a transport with all the printers, simply export them to a text file and import them in your new systems.

To EXPORT all output devices:

1. Run transaction SPAD.
2. Select Utilities -> for output devices -> Export devices.
3. Enter a filename.
4. Choose Frontend computer under File sytem info.
4. Choose Export under Operation.
5. Check Execute export under Options.
6. Enter * in Output Device under Objects for export.
7. Click Execute.

To IMPORT all output devices:

1. Repeat the steps above but choose Import and Execute import under Operation and Options respectively.

The text file generated by the export looks like this:

VERSION = "0.1"
TIME = "20050727110101"
SYSTEM = "DEV"
RELEASE = "620"
* DEVICE = {
  NAME = "ariel"
  PADEST = "ARIE"
  PATYPE = "HPLJ4"
  PAMODEL = "HP LaserJet 4"
  PACLASS = ""
  PAARCHIVER = ""
  PALANGU = "E"
  PADISABLED = ""
  PANOQUERY = ""
  PADUPCOPY = ""
  PADUPLEX = ""
  PASTORELOC = ""
  PADFLTUTTL = ""
  PADFLTSTTL = ""
  PASYNC = ""
  PAMONI = ""
  PASTANDORT = "Plant 7 Supply Room"
  PAMSG = "Plant 7 Supply Room"
  PAMSSERVER = "myspooler"
  PAMETHOD = "C"
  PAPROSNAME = "\prnserverariel"
  PALOMS = ""
  PALPRCMD = ""
  PALPDHOST = ""
  PALPDPORT = "0"
  PACONNTIME = "0"
  PAREADTIME = "0"
  PATRAYS = "0"
  PAXSHIFT = "0"
  PAYSHIFT = "0"
  PAXSHUNIT = "MM"
  PAYSHUNIT = "MM"
  PACRYPTMOD = ""
  PACRYPTMET = ""
  PANOVSERVR = ""
  PAPOOLART = ""
  PATRACE2 = ""
  PATRACEF = ""
  PAPROTDATA = ""
  PAPROTCMD = ""
  PAPROTRES = ""
  PAKEEPFILE = ""
  CHGNAME1 = "DEVADM"
  CHGTSTMP1 = "20020417222059"
  CHGSAPREL1 = "45B"
  CHGSAPSYS1 = "DEV"
  PADEVGRP = ""
  COLORPRT = ""
  PRINTMODE = ""
  INPUTTRAY = ""
  PANOCHOICE = ""
}

This is a very easy and clean way to transfer all printers. No more transports or manual typing!

This was first published in July 2005

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