To add a printer which is accessed using the SMB protocol (such as a printer
attached to a Microsoft Windows system), click the New
button in the main Printer Configuration Tool window. The
window shown in Figure 34-2 appears. Click
Forward to proceed.
In the window shown in Figure 34-3, enter a
unique name for the printer in the Name text field. The
printer name cannot contain spaces and must begin with a letter. The printer
name may contain letters, numbers, dashes (-), and underscores
(_). Optionally, enter a short description for the printer, which can
Select Networked Windows (SMB) from the
Select a queue type menu, and click
Forward. If the printer is attached to a Microsoft
Windows system, choose this queue type.
Figure 34-7. Adding a SMB Printer
As shown in Figure 34-7, SMB shares are automatically
detected and listed. Click the arrow beside each share name to expand the
list. From the expanded list, select a printer.
If the printer you are looking for does not appear in the list, click the
Specify button on the right. Text fields for the
following options appear:
Workgroup — The name of the Samba
workgroup for the shared printer.
Server — The name of the server sharing
Share — The name of the shared printer
on which you want to print. This name must be the same name
defined as the Samba printer on the remote Windows machine.
User name — The name of the user you must
log in as to access the printer. This user must exist on the
Windows system, and the user must have permission to access the
printer. The default user name is typically guest
for Windows servers, or nobody for
Password — The password (if required)
for the user specified in the User name field.
Click Forward to continue. The
Printer Configuration Tool then attempts to connect to the
shared printer. If the shared printer requires a username and password, a
dialog window appears prompting you to provide a valid username and password
for the shared printer. If an incorrect share name is specified, you can
change it here as well. If a workgroup name is required to connect to the
share, it can be specified in this dialog box. This dialog window is the
same as the one shown when the Specify button is
Next, select the printer type. Refer to Section 34.7 Selecting the Printer Model and Finishing for details.
If you require a username and password, they are stored unencrypted in
files only readable by root and lpd. Thus, it is possible for others to
learn the username and password if they have root access. To avoid this,
the username and password to access the printer should be different from
the username and password used for the user's account on the local Red Hat Enterprise Linux
system. If they are different, then the only possible security compromise
would be unauthorized use of the printer. If there are file shares from
the server, it is recommended that they also use a different password than
the one for the print queue.