This section describes how to configure the print server using Bootstrap Protocol (BOOTP)
services on servers in some operating systems. BOOTP is used to download network
configuration data from a server to the HP Jetdirect print server over the network.
For BOOTP, the downloaded configuration data may also identify a file containing extended
configuration data. The HP Jetdirect print server downloads this file using TFTP. This TFTP
configuration file may be located on the BOOTP server or on a separate TFTP server.
Automatically downloading configuration data has the following benefits:
Ease of HP Jetdirect print server configuration. Complete network configuration can be
automatically downloaded each time the print server is powered on.
Ease of configuration management. Network configuration parameters for the entire network
can be in one location.
Enhanced configuration control of the print server. Configuration by other methods is limited to
When the print server is powered on, it broadcasts requests that contain its hardware address. A
server daemon searches servers for configuration data with a matching hardware address, and if
successful, sends the corresponding configuration data to the print server as a reply.
The factory-default state of the HP Jetdirect print server is to request its configuration data using
BOOTP requests first, and if no BOOTP reply is received, then to request its configuration data
using DHCP requests.
If the print server and the BOOTP, TFTP, or DHCP server are located on different subnets, IP
configuration may fail unless the routing device supports “BOOTP Relay” (allows the transfer of
requests between subnets).
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