[Samba] printer configuration issue

daniel.jarboe at custserv.com daniel.jarboe at custserv.com
Mon Mar 3 19:32:23 GMT 2003

> I've installed Samba 2.2.7a on my SuSE 8.1 system in an effort to
> persuade it to act as a print server on my LAN, which consists of it
> and 6 Windows desktops of various flavors.  Right away it seemed to
> allow file sharing and printing from DOS and became browsable from the
> Network Neighborhood, but I can't get it to print from Windows.  I
> keep getting a Status of "Access denied, unable to connect", even when
> simply trying to print a test page.  A perusal of the Samba logs has
> been inconclusive as has a poring through both Samba and SuSE
> documentation.  I'm guessing that it's a stupid permission or
> authentication configuration I've overlooked, but it's making me
> crazy!

Does it really fail to print, or just show that error message (yet print

If those various flavors are NT/2000/XP, and you can still print, this
happens when:
1. Your users are local admins of their machines
2. They have installed the drivers locally (rather than from the print$
3. spools has not been disabled for that share with use client driver =
yes (or globally with disable spoolss = yes).

Best thing to do is fix #2.  Doing the "use client driver = yes" thing
will suffice if your users need to be local admins, but it's "an ugly
hack."  Check out "use client driver" in man smb.conf

~ Daniel


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