First Client Driver Installation
Especially important is the installation onto the first client PC (for each architectural platform
separately). Once this is done correctly, all further clients are easy to set up and shouldn't need further
attention. What follows is a description for the recommended first procedure. You now work from a client
workstation. You should check that your connection is not unwittingly mapped to
nobody. In a DOS box type:
net use \\
Replace root, if needed, by another valid
printer admin user as given in
the definition. Should you already be connected as a different user, you will get an error message. There
is no easy way to get rid of that connection, because Windows does not seem to know a concept of logging
off from a share connection (do not confuse this with logging off from the local workstation; that is
a different matter). On Windows NT/200x, you can force a logoff from all smb/cifs connections by restarting the
service. You can try to close all Windows file explorers and Internet Explorer for
Windows. As a last resort, you may have to reboot. Make sure there is no automatic reconnection set up. It may be
easier to go to a different workstation and try from there. After you have made sure you are connected
as a printer admin user (you can check this with the
command on Samba),
do this from the Windows workstation:
Open Network Neighborhood.
Browse to Samba server.
Open its Printers and Faxes folder.
Highlight and right-click on the printer.
(for Windows NT4/200x
it is possibly ).
A new printer (named
on Samba server) should now have
appeared in your
Printer folder (check ->
-> -> Printers
Most likely you are tempted to try to print a test page. After all, you now can open the printer
properties, and on the tab there is a button offering to do just that. But
chances are that you get an error message saying "
Unable to print Test Page." The
reason might be that there is not yet a valid device mode set for the driver or that the “printer
driver data” set is still incomplete.
You must make sure that a valid
is set for the
driver. We now explain what that means.