[Samba] Copying printer drivers across many servers

David Schlenk david-schlenk at bethel.edu
Mon Mar 7 22:51:04 GMT 2005

I've been largely able to do this by copying everything in the 
/var/lib/samba directory, then removing all the tdb's in 
/var/lib/samba/printing. (/var/lib might be something else depending on 
your OS/config). You'd do this after installing the samba packages but 
before joining a domain and starting the service.  You'll also need to 
copy all the printer drivers, which I put in /usr/share/samba/printers, 
but that would depend on your print$ definition.

Doing it this way seems to work for about 95% of the printer drivers we 
use, YMMV.

On Mar 7, 2005, at 5:06 AM, David Landgren wrote:

> List,
> I am deploying a number of Samba servers across a WAN. To date I have
> manually uploaded printer drivers from an XP client to the Samba
> server. But it's slow, and I systematically upload the same drivers
> over and over again.
> I'm not quite sure of the recipe, but I'm sure there must be a way of
> replicating all the drivers, from a central point, out to the remote
> servers. Copying the files is simple enough, but how do I make the
> various .tdb files contain the right records?
> Has anyone done something like this before?
> Thanks,
> David
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David Schlenk
Operating Systems Analyst
Bethel University
Saint Paul, Minnesota
david-schlenk at bethel.edu

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