Samba servers announce as printer servers

Michael Heironimus mkh01 at
Sat Nov 17 12:12:02 GMT 2001

On Sat, Nov 17, 2001 at 03:47:53PM +0100, Patrice Neff wrote:
> At work we have some servers running Samba. There aren't any printers
> attached to them. I removed the [printers] share and set "load
> printers=no" in the configuration file, but when I open the "browse
> for printers" dialog on a Windows 2000 box the Samba servers always
> appear in the list of available printer servers.

I can't give you a solution to removing them from the print server list,
but on NT4 the network print server box shows EVERY Samba/NT machine on
the subnet, regardless of whether or not they have printers or anything
else to share. It may be confusing (in truth, the whole Add Printer
Wizard in NT4 is overly confusing to new users), but it seems to be The
Way It Works in NT. Since NT4 and Windows 2000 are (for obvious reasons)
quite similar, I'm guessing that it's the same way - it just lists every
potential print server it knows about.

Michael Heironimus

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