Jamf, Printers, AirPrint and macOS Big Sur

New Contributor II

Hi all,

We've been using a fairly regular method to setup printers for macOS 10.15 Catalina and below by doing the following:
- pushing the Brother driver pkg (we only use Brother printers)
- mapping the printer with adjusted details like the queue being over https

In CUPS web UI, it would look like this:

Description:    PAR-6FL-Payroll-HR-Printer
Location:   Paris 6FL
Driver: Brother MFC-L8650CDW CUPS (color, 2-sided printing)
Connection: https://XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX/ipp/print
Defaults:   job-sheets=none, none media=iso_a4_210x297mm sides=one-sided

With Big Sur, Apple wants use to use AirPrint, which I guess is fine but I'm not sure how to do that now.

Looking at the CUPS web UI, I can't find a way to modify my existing printers to use the AirPrint Driver, and I'm not even sure I could use https for communication.

Looking at a (personal) recent printer install with AirPrint, I can see the AirPrint driver but also the connection using dnssd like below:

Description:    Brother MFC-L3750CDW series
Driver: Brother MFC-L3750CDW series-AirPrint (color, 2-sided printing)
Connection: dnssd://Brother%20MFC-L3750CDW%20series._ipp._tcp.local./?uuid=e3248000-80ce-11db-8000-3c2af4f40a07
Defaults:   job-sheets=none, none media=iso_a4_210x297mm sides=two-sided-long-edge

So a few questions:

  • how do I set the driver to the AirPrint one in CUPS?
  • can I use https as a connection method with AirPrint?
  • if not, can I use dnssd with an IP, but how to get the UUID and what port should I open for my devices to properly communicate with the printer?

I'll keep digging but if anyone has ideas.


New Contributor

Thanks for give this information such very helpfully....!!

New Contributor II

Have you tried installing a printer locally with AirPrint selected as the Print Language, and then looking at it in CUPS to compare?