[Samba] Samba] can't add smb printer on windows

Kurt Pfeifle kpfeifle at danka.de
Fri Oct 24 20:28:31 GMT 2003

> [Samba] can't add smb printer on windows
>     * To: samba at listsdotsambadotorg
>     * Subject: [Samba] can't add smb printer on windows
>     * From: Kaleb Pederson <kpederson at maildotewudotedu>
>     * Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 12:44:07 -0700
> I have a single group of users, some of whom can successfully add my samba 
> printer and some of whom can't.  There should be no difference as they are 
> all part of the same group.  The error message is as follows:
> "A policy is in effect on your computer which prevents you from connecting to
> this print que. Please contact your system administrator."
> I saw a reference to this error in some of the older documentation, but 
> nothing that describes it for samba-3.0.0.

Look here (online version of the HOWTO Collection):


> The drivers are loaded on the 
> server and have successfully been pushed out to a number of users, but not 
> all?
> Any idea what the problem is?

As the error message says: some setting of "Local Security Policies".
It may be, that installation of unsigned drivers is not allowed. “Local
Security Policies” even may not allow installation of printer drivers at all!

> Thanks.
> --Kaleb
> PS: please CC me, although I will try to watch the list for the next few days.

You should be watching it permanently. You'll learn a lot, and, maybe
someday, you'll be able to help another newbie along and pay back what
you received. Or, maybe you'll just be offered an even better job for
all your accumulated knowledge....    ;-).


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