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Samba HowTo Guide
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Installing the PostScript Driver on a Client

After cupsaddsmb is completed, your driver is prepared for the clients to use. Here are the steps you must perform to download and install it via Point'n'Print. From a Windows client, browse to the CUPS/Samba server:

  • Open the Printers share of Samba in Network Neighborhood.

  • Right-click on the printer in question.

  • From the opening context menu select Install... or Connect... (depending on the Windows version you use).

After a few seconds, there should be a new printer in your client's local Printers folder. On Windows XP it will follow a naming convention of PrinterName on SambaServer . (In my current case it is infotec_2105 on kde-bitshop). If you want to test it and send your first job from an application like Winword, the new printer appears in a \\SambaServer\PrinterName entry in the drop-down list of available printers.

cupsaddsmb will only reliably work with CUPS version 1.1.15 or higher and with Samba version 2.2.4, or later. If it does not work, or if the automatic printer driver download to the clients does not succeed, you can still manually install the CUPS printer PPD on top of the Adobe PostScript driver on clients. Then point the client's printer queue to the Samba printer share for a UNC type of connection:


net use lpt1: \\sambaserver\printershare /user:ntadmin

should you desire to use the CUPS networked PostScript RIP functions. (Note that user “ntadmin” needs to be a valid Samba user with the required privileges to access the printershare.) This sets up the printer connection in the traditional LanMan way (not using MS-RPC).

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