How to Share a Linux Printer with Windows Workstations

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11
CUPS Printing


How to share a CUPS printer using SAMBA.


Do the following to setup CUPS printing using SAMBA:

1. Type in the following command at a terminal as root and follow the prompts to create the printer.

2. At the terminal open up the samba server configuration.
 #yast2 samba-server

3. Click on the start-up tab and select "During Boot" and then click okay.

4. Back up the current /etc/samba/smb.conf file
 #cp /etc/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf-original

5. Add the following lines to the /etc/samba/smb.conf file
        comment = All Printers
        path = /var/tmp
        printable = Yes
        public = Yes
        writable = no
        create mask = 0600
        browseable = Yes
        use client driver = yes
        comment = Printer Drivers
        path = /var/lib/samba/drivers
        write list = @ntadmin root
        force group = ntadmin
        create mask = 0664
        directory mask = 0775
6. Restart samba
 #rcsmb restart
7. On a windows workstation open up windows explorer and type \\IP_ADDRESS_OF_SAMBA_SERVER and then hit enter.

8. Click on the shared printer and then select the driver as you would with any other windows printer.

9. The setup of the printer is now complete.


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  • Document ID:7004779
  • Creation Date: 02-Nov-2009
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop

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