22.10. Samba with CUPS Printing Support
Samba allows client machines to share printers connected to the Samba server. In addition, Samba also allows client machines to send documents built in Linux to Windows printer shares. Although there are other printing systems that function with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CUPS (Common UNIX Print System) is the recommended printing system due to its close integration with Samba.
The following example shows a very basic
smb.confconfiguration for CUPS support:
[global] load printers = Yes printing = cups printcap name = cups [printers] comment = All Printers path = /var/spool/samba/print printer = IBMInfoP browseable = No public = Yes guest ok = Yes writable = No printable = Yes printer admin = @ntadmins [print$] comment = Printer Drivers Share path = /var/lib/samba/drivers write list = ed, john printer admin = ed, john
Other printing configurations are also possible. To add additional security and privacy for printing confidential documents, users can have their own print spooler not located in a public path. If a job fails, other users would not have access to the file.
print$share contains printer drivers for clients to access if not available locally. The
print$share is optional and may not be required depending on the organization.
Yesenables the printer to be viewed in the Windows Network Neighborhood, provided the Samba server is set up correctly in the domain/workgroup.