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I'd like to know if it's possible to create and use a printer in Azure Worker Roles.

I do know that I can install printers with basic batch commands. So I could define a batch script that would run as a startup task.

something like:

rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /if /b "printer" /f %windir%\inf\ntprint.inf /r "file:" /m "printername")

Question: Can I use a printer to print to file, maybe to local storage? I do need the function to print to file or atleast to have a printer installed, because I have to get the PCL output from different installed printers.

Sadly I can not test it by myself. I do not have a CC to join the 90 days trial.

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This sounds like not a good idea. What are you trying to do? – Craig Nov 2 '12 at 3:28
I'm using the pcl output to support different bluetooth printer to print directly from android/ios apps without having external apps (like pdfreader, etc) installed . Azure VMs would to the job flawlessly but I'd like to try out worker roles instead. – lurkerbelow Nov 2 '12 at 10:29

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If you think it is possible on Azure VM it is definitely possible on Web/Worker roles.

What you need is a StartUp Task executed with elevated privileges (executionContext='elevated'). This startup task can be anything that does not require UI to run.

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