[Samba] Win2k Printing Problems

Joel Hammer Joel at HammersHome.com
Fri May 17 19:36:02 GMT 2002

I haven't followed all the ins and outs of this. I found with my XP machine
and my win4lin machine, which wouldn't install the drivers for my printer,
(lexmarkz53), it was easy to install a driver supplied with all windows OS's
(HP laserjetIII) and simply direct that to the queue on my samba server
which could handle postscript documents.
The only problem I had was access denied from the XP machine when listing
the queue, although printing worked fine. Some say the use client driver
parameter solves that problem.

On Fri, May 17, 2002 at 03:28:06PM -0400, JUSTIN GERRY wrote:
> I really want to use the linux box to manage the printers, direct tcpip
> is not an option here.
> I want a point and click install solution for a few network printers.
> Linux/samba can provide that assuming I can figure everything out.
> -Justin
> >>> Chris Smith <chris at realcomputerguy.com> 05/17 3:11 PM >>>
> On Fri, 2002-05-17 at 13:44, Van Sickler, Jim wrote:
> > You do want to use the samba box to manage
> > your printers;  otherwise all of your PCs
> > are going to be fighting over the printers...
> > that gets real ugly real fast!
> I think you're mistaken here. The lpd server will easily spool and
> queue
> all of the tasks. It would be different if he was printing directly to
> the lpd ports on the "print servers" (the JetDirect boxes) but he's
> not,
> he's printing to the lprng queue on the server.
> > I don't think you should need to add the
> > printer as a Local Printer, and edit the
> > registry.  There may be a better way...
> The registry edit isn't needed at all, LPR or Samba.
> LPR printers in MS land are local printers by definition and not to be
> confused with printers actually locally attached to the system.
> In many cases using TCP/IP printing (Unix printing, lpr printing,
> etc.)
> can be more useful. For one, since it is, in MS speak, a local printer
> it is accessible by all users (subject to security) once installed -
> no
> need to add the printer again for every user.
> It is not a good option for the Win9x based clients as there is no MS
> supplied lpr client software. There are some third party clients but I
> believe an extra cost is involved. However, in this case, we are
> talking
> about a Win2k client.
> > set "disable spoolss=no" in smb.conf; 
> This is the default.
> > snip <
> > 
> > Then set "disable spoolss=yes", and restart samba.
> > 
> But according to the docs "diaable spoolss=yes" will:
> " disable the capability of Windows NT/2000 clients to download print
> drivers from the Samba host upon demand. Be very careful about
> enabling
> this parameter."
> Automatic print driver installation is one of the few pluses to using
> the Samba interface (the other is support for Win9x clients without
> third party lpr client software needed). If you're going to give that
> up
> and don't have Win9x clients TCP/IP printing is possibly a better
> overall solution. Your jobs wont get "double spooled" any longer
> either.
> > p.s.  I'd shorten your printer names...
> Good idea.
> Chris
> -- 
> 'Nix MS - Just Say .NyET
> -- 
> To unsubscribe from this list go to the following URL and read the
> instructions:  http://lists.samba.org/mailman/listinfo/samba
> -- 
> To unsubscribe from this list go to the following URL and read the
> instructions:  http://lists.samba.org/mailman/listinfo/samba

More information about the samba mailing list