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Samba HowTo Guide
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Installing Drivers into [print$]

Have you successfully created the [print$] share in smb.conf, and have you forced Samba to reread its smb.conf file? Good. But you are not yet ready to use the new facility. The client driver files need to be installed into this share. So far, it is still an empty share. Unfortunately, it is not enough to just copy the driver files over. They need to be correctly installed so that appropriate records for each driver will exist in the Samba internal databases so it can provide the correct drivers as they are requested from MS Windows clients. And that is a bit tricky, to say the least. We now discuss two alternative ways to install the drivers into [print$] :

  • Using the Samba command-line utility rpcclient with its various subcommands (here, adddriver and setdriver ) from any UNIX workstation.

  • Running a GUI (Printer Properties and Add Printer Wizard) from any Windows NT/200x/XP client workstation.

The latter option is probably the easier one (even if the process may seem a little bit weird at first).

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