Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science

Monolith Server Retirement

As part of our ongoing effort to phase out end of life systems, and offer newer, more robust services, SCS Computing Facilities will retire the SCS Monolith print share and software server in January, 2020. The legacy Monolith print and file share services will cease to function at that time.

What you need to do:

If you still use Monolith (, and have received a printed announcement (cover page) with a recent print job, our recommendation is to refer to the information below to configure supported  printing via SCS-Print or SCS-Public (our private and public printing queues) before January, 2020. 

Still using Monolith for private 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 and find your printer name that mention "MONOLITH".
  11. Click on the printer, then click “Remove Device.”
  12. Your old printer is now removed.


  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 “+” icon 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 our public printers?

Last year, we deployed a robust and convenient public printing solution that enables SCS persons to print to a central queue, and one which allows printing and retrieval from one of many public printers throughout SCS buildings and spaces using your Andrew ID.

For more information, visit our Printing in SCS pages.

Once you have added the configuration for SCS-Print or SCS-Public, you will also want to remove the entry for the Monolith configuration from the same printer list on your computer. Otherwise, you may inadvertently send print jobs to the old, disabled queue.

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.