[Samba] Point-and-Print driver installation asks for confirmation on current Windows

Mario Lipinski mario.lipinski at iserv.eu
Fri Aug 26 16:33:35 UTC 2016


when deploying drivers via Point-and-Print recent Windows (tested with 
Windows 10 1607) asks the user to confirm the driver installation. An 
appropriate Policy [1] is set up so that no user interaction should be 
required for the driver installation.
There are similar reports [2,3] that identify updates KB3163912, 
KB3172985 and KB3170455 causing these issues. However, Windows 10 1607 
seems to ship with these changes.

Reports suggest, that a "packaged" driver should be used to allow driver 
deployment with Point-and-Print. It is not possible to install a 
"packaged" driver to a Samba server. Although a registry key can be 
manipulated to show the driver as "packaged", this does not seem to work.

I successfully tested automatic Point-and-Print driver deployment with 
setting up a Windows 10 1607 print server and using a HP Universal Print 
Driver PS 6.2.1 for testing. Since this works, this leads me to belive 
that Samba is at fault.

Another point I observed during testing: Windows 10 1607 supports 
(shared) driver isolation for this driver while Samba does not seem to 
allow for this.

I hope that Samba will be fixed/improved to allow automatic driver 
deployment with Windows 10 1607.
Please advice, if you know any way to get print driver deployment 
working with currrent Windows.

To move things forward I plan to table this issue to samba-technical as 
I believe this needs fixing in Samba and open a bug report at 

[1] https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/Defining_printer_driver_sources_trusts
[2] https://lists.samba.org/archive/samba/2016-August/202078.html

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,
Mario Lipinski

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