[Samba] Replacing a Samba+CUPS Print Server

Collins, Kevin kCollins at nesbittengineering.com
Mon Dec 26 12:57:54 GMT 2005

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andrew Bartlett [mailto:abartlet at samba.org] 
> Sent: Saturday, December 24, 2005 6:27 PM
> To: Collins, Kevin
> Cc: samba at lists.samba.org
> Subject: Re: [Samba] Replacing a Samba+CUPS Print Server
> On Fri, 2005-12-23 at 09:06 -0500, Collins, Kevin wrote:
> > I've had a Samba print server in my network for nearly 4 
> years now.  The time has come for me to replace it with a 
> more powerful machine.  I have nearly 50 client machines 
> (Windows 2000 and XP) attached to the printers that the 
> existing server has and I don't want to have to touch them 
> during this upgrade.
> > 
> > I already have the new server built.  Samba and CUPS are 
> both ready for the cut-over, but I'm concerned about the 
> clients loosing connection to the printers once the new 
> server comes online.
> > 
> > I have made sure to duplicate the printer's names exactly.  
> I have made sure that the new server has the exact netbios 
> name of the old server.  I'm just about ready to take the old 
> server out of the domain and shut Samba off, add the new 
> server to the domain and start Samba up on the new server.  
> But I'm now wonering if there is something else that I need 
> to do before I actually do the cut-over to prevent the 
> clients from loosing printing ability (without my 
> intervention at every machine that is).
> > 
> > So, can anyone give me advise, calming words or directions 
> on how to best proceed?
> Have you transferred all the drivers etc?  (Printer drivers 
> uploaded to the print server)

My print server is used to supply RAW print queues...I've recreated all of those in CUPS and I can see them from a Workstation.

> Are you also upgrading Samba at the same time?

Yes.  From 3.0.9 something (Red Hat Enterprise 3.0) to Samba 3.0.14 something (Ubuntu).


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