printer browsing (solution)

D.W. Bouhuijs derk at
Mon Nov 26 04:37:02 GMT 2001

I found a solution to this problem.
It's a bit nasty but it works.
The samba server must be configured with printer support enabled.
Install the printers, but use a local LPR port.
lpd server: "samba print server".
queue: "queue name".
Install the printer drivers.
Open the registry with regedit.
Go to: HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Printers\printername
Open the key: "Port".
Change: server:queue into \\server\queue

This will prevent the system to overload the server with printer status
of all installed printers, because for that it now looks on the local
This saves a lot of waiting time when users want print from applications.
When printing, users can still ask for individual queue status' and cancel
their own printjobs.
If users double-click an installed printer (start > settings > printers).
The queue status of that printer will then be shown.

This solution created a workable situation in my organisation,
using more than 100 printers installed on just two print servers.


> Samba 2.2.2 on Solaris 8, Windows 2000.
> To test, I have installed about 50 network printers, printing via samba.
> It works fine and users can control there own printjobs, however......
> Whenever I open e.g. Start>settings>printers or try to print using an
> application,
> the machine asks (samba uses lpstat %p) the status of all these printers.
> The machine also does this frequently to refresh its cache.
> This causes my server to generate numerous of in.lpd processes.
> If more than 400 machines do that, it would be deadly.
> Is there a way to disable this behavior.
> Regards, Derk.

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