[Samba] How to backup/restore printer settings?
ryan.suarez at sheridanc.on.ca
Wed Dec 1 12:41:46 MST 2010
Look at the tdbbackup utility included with samba. Although, I had an
incident once (corrupt tdbs) and restoring from this didn't work for me.
I've got a dedicated print server. Finally resorted to stopping samba
in the middle of the night (when no-one is using it) and backing-up the
entire instance, to ensure a good clean backup.
tdb information is listed here:
On 10-11-29 05:54 PM, Rob Moser wrote:
> Hello All,
> We have a problem with our samba-based print server (a redhat EL
> machine, running samba 3.2.8) occasionally getting corrupt
> ntprinters.tdb files. To combat it, I've been keeping nightly backups
> of the file, and restoring the latest whenever it crashes. This
> _almost_ works. When I restore the file, some of the printer settings -
> such as which driver it is using - seem to restore fine. But some
> others - such as Printer Status Notification, to pick one at random from
> the Device Settings tab - seem to reset to default values.
> Are these settings stored in a different database? When I make changes
> to them through the Windows interface, the timestamp on the
> ntprinters.tdb file changes, and not much else (other than files I'd
> expect to change regularly anyways.) Is there a way to save and restore
> the printer settings (in some usefully programmatic way for a whole
> bunch of printers, rather than manually wading through a bunch of clicky
> windows re-doing them all one-by-one...)
> Thanks for any assistance,
> - rob.
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