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Uploading Printer Drivers to a Samba ServerThe steps below detail out the process for uploading printer drivers to a Samba server. This process results in Samba being able to automatically provide the Windows client with the driver(s) necessary to print to the printer chosen.
Steps to Install Printer Drivers on the Samba Servers
- Log into an ECN supported Windows workstation with a domain user account that meets the following criteria:
- The account must have local administrator access on the Windows machine
- The account must be in the UNIX "ECNPrint" group on the Samba server where you will be adding the printer drivers
Once you are logged on, click Start->Run. In the Open field, type \\%sambaserver% where %sambaserver% is the actual Samba server name. i.e. \\pier
Identify a printer that is shown in the right panel. Let
us assume the printer is called
Right-click on the
icon and select the
entry. This opens a dialog box that indicates that The printer driver is not installed on this
computer. Some printer properties will not be accessible unless you
install the printer driver. Do you want to install the driver now?
It is IMPORTANT at this point you ANSWER .
The printer properties panel for the
ms104hp printer on the
displayed. Click the
tab. Note that the box labeled
is empty. Click the
button that is next to the
box. This launches the Add
Printer Driver Wizard on Pier
panel is now presented. Click
to continue. Select the printer manufacturer from the left panel. In the right panel, select the printer. Click , and
commence driver upload. A progress bar appears and instructs you as
each file is being uploaded and that it is being directed at the
**If the driver upload fails, verify that the W32X86 folder exists. If it does not exist, create it and then try adding the printer drivers again.
The driver upload completes in anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. When it completes, you are returned to thetab in the panel. You can set the Location (under the tab). Under the tab it is possible to load additional printer drivers.
Click Right-click on the printer, click ->. Now change the settings to suit your requirements. BE CERTAIN TO CHANGE AT LEAST ONE SETTING and apply the changes even if you need to reverse the changes back to their original settings. This is necessary so that the printer settings are initialized in the Samba printers database. Click to commit your settings. Revert any settings you changed just to initialize the Samba printers database entry for this printer. If you need to revert a setting, click again.. It will take a minute or so to upload the settings to the server. You are now returned to the monitor.
Verify that all printer settings are at the desired configuration. When you are satisfied that they are, click the tab. Now click the button. A test page should print. Verify that it has printed correctly. Click on the ms104hp panel.
Last modified: 2006/08/09 12:59:0.837000 GMT-4 by
Created: 2006/08/09 12:59:0.837000 GMT-4 by brian.r.brinegar.1.
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