[Samba] windows printer config management
jj at isy.liu.se
Tue Feb 5 08:18:21 GMT 2008
On Tue, 05 Feb 2008 14:39:39 +1100 Brian May <bam at snoopy.apana.org.au> wrote:
BM> I sent this request to my local linux user group:
BM> Unfortunately it looks like nobody is able to answer, so I will try
BM> Does anybody know of any sane solution for (globally) managing the
BM> configuration of printers on a large number of Windows computers?
BM> My current solution is
BM> 1. create samba server with printer shares
BM> 2. install windows printer drivers to samba server to allow automatic
BM> 3. on windows computer, drivers have to be installed from the samba server,
BM> * installation of drivers as non-administrator won't work
BM> * log in as administrator, install printer, which tries to install driver.
BM> * first time, windows complains that the server doesn't have the drivers.
BM> * retry, it works perfectly on second try.
BM> * log as administrator, log it as user, printer doesn't exit.
BM> * install printer again as user, this time it uses the existing drivers.
BM> 4. if any changes required, e.g. printer is replaced, repeat then on
BM> every computer for every user.
BM> This is insane. Ok, so maybe I should be able to fix the problem with
BM> the driver installation not working the first time (any ideas?), but
BM> this is only a small step in the entire process.
BM> cups makes this so much easier :-(.
BM> Any ideas?
BM> Brian May <bam at snoopy.apana.org.au>
-If your computers and the samba printserv are domain members of the same domain,
even ordinary users can install drivers from the samba server.
(This is default)
-You can allow installation from others domain (some tweaks on clients)
-You can run start scripts on every clients to install drivers (and many others things).
Put your clients on a domain (why not a samba one)
use wpkg www.wpkg.org . it's a great help in managing clients!
cups is the most troublesome part of our print system, not samba, not windows :-(
Jean-Jacques Moulis Tel: (013) 281684
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Linköping University E-mail: jj at isy.liu.se
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