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Samba HowTo Guide
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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 bad user nobody. In a DOS box type:

net use \\ SAMBA-SERVER \print$ /user:root

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 workstation 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 smbstatus command on Samba), do this from the Windows workstation:

  1. Open Network Neighborhood.

  2. Browse to Samba server.

  3. Open its Printers and Faxes folder.

  4. Highlight and right-click on the printer.

  5. Select Connect (for Windows NT4/200x it is possibly Install).

A new printer (named printername on Samba server) should now have appeared in your local Printer folder (check Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Printers and Faxes).

Most likely you are tempted to try to print a test page. After all, you now can open the printer properties, and on the General 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 device mode is set for the driver. We now explain what that means.

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