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[print$] Stanza Parameters

The [print$] is a special section in smb.conf. It contains settings relevant to potential printer driver download and is used by Windows clients for local print driver installation. The following parameters are frequently needed in this share section:

comment = Printer Driver Download Area

The comment appears next to the share name if it is listed in a share list (usually Windows clients will not see it, but it will also appear up in a smbclient -L sambaserver output).

path = /etc/samba/printers

The path to the location of the Windows driver file deposit from the UNIX point of view.

browseable = no

Makes the [print$] share invisible to clients from the Network Neighborhood. By excuting from a cmd shell:

net use g:\\sambaserver\print$

you can still mount it from any client. This can also be done from the Connect network drive menu> from Windows Explorer.

guest ok = yes

Gives read-only access to this share for all guest users. Access may be granted to download and install printer drivers on clients. The requirement for guest ok = yes depends on how your site is configured. If users will be guaranteed to have an account on the Samba host, then this is a non-issue.

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