Printer sharing with Samba

Jean Francois Micouleau Jean-Francois.Micouleau at
Wed Mar 10 14:05:48 GMT 1999

On Wed, 10 Mar 1999, Mike Brodbelt wrote:

> When I install a printer on an NT machine, and share that printer, I can
> elect for other machines attaching to that printer to use the driver on
> the machine hosting the printer. This obviates the need to install local
> printer drivers everywhere, and is generally pretty useful.

It's not totally true. The drivers are downloaded automagically the first
time you connect to the printer.

 Is this
> functionality present in Samba yet? I'm aware that Samba can make
> drivers available for auto download to NT clients, but I'd very much
> like to be able to use the NT model where the driver is simple installed
> on the server.

Nope that's not available for NT yet.

> This may not be possible - would this require Samba to be able to
> execute an NT driver image, but I'd be interested to know either whether
> it already works, or that it's never likely to....

That will.


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