[Samba] Re: Win client can print if printer manually created but notwhen auto driver installed

Craig White craigwhite at azapple.com
Fri Mar 12 18:40:59 GMT 2004

On Fri, 2004-03-12 at 11:14, Mark wrote:
> "Lee Thao" <lthao at elmbrook.org> wrote in message
> news:200403121533.i2CFX70e014207 at linuxmail.elmbrook.org...
> > Is this a samba issue or cups?  I can print from a client just fine if I
> > install a local printer attached to a local smb port
> > (\\server\printershare).  But when I create a "network" printer (using apw
> > or double clicking on printershare in explorer), all I get for a test page
> > (or from anything else actually) is a blank page with three non-alpha,
> greek
> > lookin chars in the upper right.  What gives?
> If you have a small network, then stick with the local drivers.  It's simple
> and it works.  If you have hundreds or thousands of users, then buy a copy
> of "The Official Samba-3 HowTo and Reference Guide".  Then settle down for a
> lot of reading and a lot of configuration and a lot of testing.  It isn't
> simple, but it is potentially vey powerful.
> Disclaimer:  I use the local driver method.  I did buy the book and read all
> about the fantastic new printing abilities in Samba-3, but concluded the
> effort wouldn't be worth it for my 25 user network. So in fact, I have never
> used the method where drivers are automatically downloaded.
I found it worthwhile to use the APW method of server based drivers for
less than 25 for a number of reasons...I can update all the drivers at
one shot, I can setup and distribute new printer setups in one shot and
I can configure all of them at the same time.

The reference guide is a worthwhile purchase for any person that
seriously wants to implement system administration. 

As for this particular problem - Can cups print a postscript test page?
How about the system administrator who 'uploads' the drivers using the
APW - can he successfully print the test page?  Baby steps...


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