Printing a testpage from PowerShell

Todays challenge comes from trying to troubleshoot printers om AX 2012.

Some of the printing flows are not that straight forward and might require printing from a service account. If you do not want to log in as that user to the UI or mabee you are not able to you can use PowerShell to do a test print from the account. This functionality is not available directly in Windows but I found a PS function that does this which I modified a bit (original links below).

This function uses WMIC to list all printers and then send a test print to the printer. You can also use it without modifying the $printername by adding the parameter -printername.

Function out-TestPage
  [string]$printername = “\\printserver\printername”)

  $Printers = Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_Printer
  $Printer = $Printers | Where-Object Name -eq "$printername"
 Invoke-CimMethod -MethodName printtestpage -InputObject ($printer)
 Write-Host "Printing to $($printer).Name"

To run this as the service account, simply launch PowerShell och Powershell ISE as the account and run the Function Block. Then call the function using out-TestPage -printername “[the name of your printer]”

Use PowerShell to Send Test Page to a Printer – Scripting Blog (
[SOLVED] Print Test Page from PS – Printers & Scanners – Spiceworks

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