Assigning Print Servers and Print Clients
You must decide which systems will have local printers physically attached to them.
You must also decide which systems will use printers on other systems. A system
that has a local printer attached to it and makes the printer available
to other systems on the network is called a print server. A system
that sends its print requests to a print server is called a print client.
The LP print service software provides printing services in the Solaris Operating System.
Besides physically connecting a printer to a system, you must define the printer
server characteristics to the LP print service. Once you have print servers set
up, you can set up other systems as print clients.
Print servers and print clients can run different versions of the Solaris release
and different versions of the UNIX operating system. Print clients running the Solaris
9 release and compatible versions can print to print servers that are running
an LPD-based print service, such as the SunOS 4.1, BSD UNIX, and Linux
releases. In addition, print clients running an lpd-based print service can print to
print servers running the Solaris 9 release and compatible versions.
The following figure shows a print configuration on a network with systems running
the Solaris release and an LPD-based print service.
Figure 2-3 Solaris and LPD-Based Systems Print Configuration