Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science

Monolith Server Retirement

In August 2018, SCS Computing Facilities initiated a multi-phased project to retire the Monolith file and print server.  We deployed a robust and convenient printing solution that enables the SCS community the ability to print to a central queue as a result of the first phase. In October 2019, the second phase of the project was completed when the file share service (pc-dist and mac-dist) was retired.

The current and final phase of this project will focus on the print service. On February 4, 2020, SCS Computing Facilities will retire the SCS Monolith print server, and the legacy Monolith print service will cease to function at that time.

Still using Monolith for private office printing?

To configure your private office printer through our new printing system, view the brief instructions below. 


  1. Click on the Start Menu and type “Printers and Scanners”; select/click the option with the same name.
  2. On the next screen, click on the “+” Icon where it says “Add a printer or scanner.”
  3. Allow it to search for a moment, scroll until you see the blue text that says “the printer that I want isn’t listed”; click on this blue text.
  4. On the next screen, choose the option that says “Select a shared printer by name.”
  5. In the text box, type: \\\<ENTER YOUR PRINTER NAME HERE>. Click Next.
  6. It may search for, download, and install a driver. (This may take some time to complete)
  7. Click Next
  8. Click Finish.
  9. Your printer is now installed on the new server.
  10. Go back to your Printers and Scanners list.
  11. Find any printers configured that mention "MONOLITH".
  12. Click on the printer, then click “Remove Device.”
  13. Your old printer is now removed.
  14. To remove any Monolith mapped drives (Such as PC Dist), go to This PC.
  15. If there is a mapped drive called PC_dist or that is listed as a share on “monolith”, right click and select “Disconnect network drive”.
  16. You have removed the mapped drive successfully.


  1. Click on the Apple icon in the top left of your screen and go to System Preferences.
  2. Click on “Printers and Scanners”.
  3. Remove your old printer by selecting it and clicking the minus “-“ button below the list of printers.
  4. In the Printers and Scanners menu, click the plus “+” button to install a new printer.
  5. At the top of the new window, click the “IP” tab.
  6. For address, enter “<your Andrew ID>”.
  7. For protocol, select “Line Printer Daemon” from the drop-down menu.
  8. For Queue, enter the name of your private printer.
  9. For Name, enter a name that will be easy for you to identify which printer you are printing to.
  10. Leave Location blank.
  11. For Use, select “Select Software” and in the new window use the search field to find the driver for your printer model.
  12. Select the Driver for your printer and click “OK”.
  13. In the Printers and Scanners window, click “Add” at the bottom of the screen.
  14. A new window will open.
  15. In the new window, select the relevant options for your printer and click “OK”.
  16. Your printer is now installed.

Need to use SCS printers?

We provide printing infrastructure for the SCS community including authenticated printing for the three supported platforms (WindowsmacOS and Linux). 

If you have an SCS faculty, staff, graduate student affiliation or an SCS account, you can easily print to the print queue and retrieve your print job from any of the public printers conveniently located throughout our buildings.  For more information, visit our Printing in SCS pages.

Need to remove a monolith mapped drive on Windows?

  1. To remove any Monolith mapped drives (Such as PC Dist), go to This PC.
  2. If there is a mapped drive called PC_dist or that is listed as a share on “monolith”, right click and select “Disconnect network drive”.
  3. You have removed the mapped drive successfully.

Where do I get software?

There are multiple resources for software within CMU and for SCS people. Some resources may be specific to SCS supported computers while others may be available to the broader CMU community. For more information, visit the Supported Operating Systems and Software page.

If you require assistance,  please submit a ticket for support.