[Samba] Fwd: Re: Samba 3.4 / 3.5: Printer settings getting lost on server

Jack Downes jax at nwmt.us
Fri Jan 28 00:37:29 MST 2011

I don't have an answer that solves your issue, however, I prefer cups to 
samba printing for most things and tend to look at Samba as my method of 
delivering drivers for printers - when I'm building a printserver. This 

rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /b "HCMMNET4" /x /n "part of the n 
switch" /if /f windir\inf\ntprint.inf /r 
"http://printserver.krh.int:631/printers/HCMMNET4" /m "MS Publisher 

This little line is the core of one of my scripts for "converting" from 
Samba printers to cups printers.  Now... one of the side effects of this 
is that the user gets full control on all their printers but none of 
their changes affect anyone else.  I consider this the best of both worlds.

If you (or anyone else) would like, I can email you a copy of the code.  
It autoit (vb style) code, so nothing too hard to work with.

I'm becoming much more ambitious on my next efforts incorporating a 
database and per-vlan settings according to user and group (ADS).  It'll 
be interesting to see if I can make much progress on this over time.

On 01/27/2011 08:42 AM, Marc Muehlfeld wrote:
> Nobody who can help use with this issue?
> A developer already began to fix it 3/4 year ago, but never created a 
> patch that finally fix the whole problem.
> -------- Original-Nachricht --------
> Betreff: Re: [Samba] Samba 3.4 / 3.5: Printer settings not available 
> for normal users
> Datum: Tue, 18 Jan 2011 09:32:58 +0100
> Von: Marc Muehlfeld <Marc.Muehlfeld at medizinische-genetik.de>
> An: Jack Downes <jax at nwmt.us>
> CC: samba at lists.samba.org
> Am 18.01.2011 02:09, schrieb Jack Downes:
>> I don't consider this one a problem and don't want this behavior to 
>> go away.
> Then I think, we have different problems. Here's a longer description 
> of mine:
> Normally the admin uploads drivers to the samba server using the APW. 
> Then the
> admin configures the printers (number of trays, etc.). And when users 
> add a
> printer, the driver is downloaded to the workstation and the settings the
> admin made, are preconfigured. Some of this settings can only be set 
> as admin,
> what makes sense (e. g. number of tray). Other settings the user can 
> change
> ("settings" button in the "general" tab) like default tray, duplex,...
> The problem that came up in 3.4 and still exists, is that e. g. for Sharp
> MX-2600 drivers, the settings the admin made are not visible for 
> normal users
> (like number of trays). So the user only sees 2 instead of 5 trays 
> here. And
> the user have no way to change this, because it's greyed out.
> This is before/after switching to 3.4 or higher from the viewpoint of 
> a normal
> user:
> https://bugzilla.samba.org/attachment.cgi?id=5961
> If I grant SePrintOperatorPrivilege to the user, all settings are 
> correct. But
> then he can administrate the printers. And this nobody really wants.
> Regards,
> Marc

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