[Samba] Samba & XP PRO

Joel Hammer Joel at HammersHome.com
Sun Jul 21 09:15:02 GMT 2002

What you need to do is:
1. Walk through DIAGNOSIS.txt in doc/textdocs.

2. Think about how you want XP to talk to your printer. You have two options:

a. Set up a raw queue, let XP load the specific driver for your printer, and
hope for the best. 

b. If you can print from linux, then you can print postscript files. Set up
the printer on XP as a generic postscript printer (IBM laserjet III + ?
works fine.)

One thing is sure, you want to avoid sending formatted print jobs to the
regular linux queue, unless it is a smart queue which will pass through data
files unchanged.
If you have guest ok = yes, make sure you define a guest account (ftp works


On Sun, Jul 21, 2002 at 09:44:04AM -0600, Scott Mrtens wrote:
> Please forgive is this has been posted, but without a good search
> function the archives are hard to search.
> Have a home network - two laptops XP PRO, one Linux RH 7.3 and one NT
> box.  All in the workgroup named workgroup.
> I would like to rid myself of the NT box as all it does is spool a
> printer and a USB Hard drive for backup purposes.
> Network hooked to a Linksys Cabel Modem router, So NAT behind the
> scenes.  Linux has two interfaces One public,on 12. subnet - and the
> other private on the 192. subnet.  All laptops get IP from Linksys
> router (So on Private network)
> My first goal is to set samba to share one printer (HP-K80)  Printer
> works finin Linux.  Have gone into the /etc/samba/smb.conf file and
> changed he Globals to 
> # workgroup = NT-Domain-Name or Workgroup-Name
>    netbios name = COMPUTER1
>    workgroup = WORKGROUP
> Changed printers to 
>  NOTE: If you have a BSD-style print system there is no need to 
> # specifically define each individual printer
> [printers]
>    comment = All Printers
>    path = /var/spool/samba
>    browseable = yes
> # Set public = yes to allow user 'guest account' to print
>    guest ok = no
>    writable = yes
>    printable = yes
> Security is set to User
> Problem is that the XP users can not map to a printer.  The computer1
> (Linux/samba) box is visable, but no printers show up.  I can ping the
> server from XP only by IP address, can not ping by name.  The samba can
> ping XP by name or IP.  I have even tried to map using a UNC & IP like
> this  \\\K80  with the same results.
> I have also tried with home drive shares with the same results, so I'm
> starting to believe it has something to do with name resolution.
> Users have been added to samba passwd file.  So what am I missing here? 
> Oh yea, and upgraded to samba 2.2.5
> Thanks
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