33.3. Adding a Samba (SMB) Printer
You can add a Samba (SMB) based printer share by clicking the
New Printer button in the main
Printer Configuration Tool window to display the
window in Figure 33.2, “Adding a Printer”. Enter a unique name
for the printer in the Printer Name
field. The printer name can contain letters, numbers, dashes (-),
and underscores (_); it must not contain any
You can also use the Description and
Location fields to further distinguish this
printer from others that may be configured on your system. Both of
these fields are optional, and may contain spaces.
Figure 33.5. Adding a SMB Printer
As shown in Figure 33.5, “Adding a SMB Printer”, available SMB
shares are automatically detected and listed in the
Share column. Click the arrow (
) beside a Workgroup to expand it. From the expanded list, select
If the printer you are looking for does not appear in the list,
enter the SMB address in the smb://
field. Use the format computer name/printer
share. In Figure 33.5, “Adding a SMB Printer”, the
computer name is
dellbox, while the printer
share is r2.
In the Username field, enter the username to
access the printer. This user must exist on the SMB system, and
the user must have permission to access the printer. The default
user name is typically guest for Windows
servers, or nobody for Samba servers.
Enter the Password (if required) for the user
specified in the Username field.
You can then test the connection by clicking
Verify. Upon successful verification, a
dialog box appears confirming printer share accessibility.
Next, select the printer type. Refer to Section 33.5, “Selecting the Printer Model and Finishing” for details.
Samba printer usernames and passwords are stored in the printer
server as unencrypted files readable by root and lpd. Thus,
other users that have root access to the printer server can view
the username and password you use to access the Samba printer.
As such, when you choose a username and password to access a
Samba printer, it is advisable that you choose a password that
is different from what you use to access your local Red Hat Enterprise Linux
If there are files shared on the Samba print server, it is
recommended that they also use a password different from what is
used by the print queue.