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Thursday, 15 October 2009

Using Samba to install Windows XP printer drivers

Recently I faced some issues when trying to install a printer in a Mixed environment Linux and XP.

This are the notes.


1) Create a directory and give the same permissions as the
/tmp directory

mkdir /etc/samba/drivers
chmod 1777 /etc/samba/drivers

2) Copy de drivers from XP to /etc/samba/drivers

3) Create a new share in /etc/samba/smb.conf

[print$]

comment = Printer Driver Download Area
path = /etc/samba/drivers
browseable = yes
guest ok = yes


4) Restart samba

/etc/init.d/smb restart

5) Now when you access the printer$ share from a windows machine you
will be able to install the XP drivers

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