[Samba] Removing printers and faxes folder from windows explorer

panos panos at kamaradata.com
Thu Dec 9 06:38:31 GMT 2004

Thanks for writing back and the info client polling.  We are using linux
and we will not serve any printers so based on your input we should be

Looking up the man page on "disable spoolss",  NT and 2000 was mentioned
a lot, but nothing about XP. We are all on XP machines and tried your
suggestion, but the printer and fax folder still appeared.  Is it
possible that setting 'disable spoolss = no' works only with NT or 2000?

Also we are using Samba 3.x.x

Thanks again.


       disable spoolss (G)
              Enabling this parameter will disable  Sambaâs  support
for the SPOOLSS  set  of  MS-RPCâs  and will yield identical behavior as
Samba 2.0.x. Windows NT/2000 clients  will  downgrade  to  using
Lanman style printing commands. Windows 9x/ME will be unaffected by the
parameter. However, this will also disable the ability to upload
printer drivers to a Samba server via the Windows NT Add Printer Wizard
or by using the NT printer properties dialog window.  It  will  also
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.

              Default: disable spoolss = no
-----Original Message-----
From: Gerald (Jerry) Carter [mailto:jerry at samba.org] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2004 1:15 PM
To: panos
Cc: samba at lists.samba.org
Subject: Re: [Samba] Removing printers and faxes folder from windows

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panos wrote:
| Thanks
| We have clients where things must be very simple.  Of
| course we can live with the folder, but making it as
| clean as possible is a priority...though not at the
| cost of stability.  So given your warning, I am not sure
| if it is worth it.
| What is client polling?

client >= Windows NT fall back to lanman printing calls
when the server doesn't support the rpc based printing
mechanism (this is what 'disable spoolss = yes' means).

the clients then poll the server for changes in printing
attributes a lot.  Mostly I've seen this cause problems
on Solaris servers.  Not sure about Linux.  My guess is
that Linux is probably better in this respect.

Also, if you aren't going to server any printers, then
it is probably also ok.

cheers, jerry
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