[Samba] AD 2008 R2 vs. samba 3.4.5 (fwd)

Jeremy Allison jra at samba.org
Thu Feb 18 12:11:30 MST 2010

On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 12:02:22PM -0700, Jack Downes wrote:
> Similar situation here, 484 printers at current count, 2120 users
> (hospital), and we've been pretty happy with the Samba/CUPS solution. 
> However, recently, too many issues with Samba an printing (3.4.5,
> debian), so we've gotten rid of it, still use it for file shares and
> such.  Anyway, we are a straight to cups setup here now.  several
> scripts are used by us with Desktop authority to "convert" the old samba
> printers to cups printers as the user logs in. It's working pretty good
> actually, and our load on the printserver is always around .07... it's
> flat amazing.  For printing, I'd suggest looking at IPP - from windows
> 2k on, MS supports it client side, so it's pretty nice.
> We are actually working on a system that will allow printer grouping -
> eg, load a group of printers to a machine based on it's location or
> presumed location.  And have printers load to the system as a
> system-wide printer instead of a personal printer - with all
> driver/drawer settings correct.   Yes, this is doable with samba easily,
> but cups we've been having to do a bit of this on our side.  Working
> pretty good. 

Guenther and Metze are working on the print spool code for 3.5.0.

Hopefully we'll have a solution for you soon. Right now the
best Samba release for printing is 3.3.10.


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