Setting up Samba as a Print Server
- 1 Using printers connected to the Samba server
- 2 Providing Printer Drivers to Windows clients with the [print$] share
- 3 Using printers connected to another Samba or Windows server
Using printers connected to the Samba server
In most of the cases you want to use printers which are directly connected to the samba server. A printer can be connected via various hardware devices (i.e. parallel port, usb, scsi and so forth). But thats not all, you have to take care about the fact that two users can request a print job at the same time. To serve this, you need a software which controls the printer.
Uploading a printer driver
Directory structure in drivers directory
Using printers connected to another Samba or Windows server
Using a printer connected to another Samba server
It is most likely that the other server is running CUPS to. So you only have to forward the print jobs to the other CUPS service. This is a simple to do in CUPS.
Using a printer connected to a Windows server
You also can use CUPS for it. More to come.