Linux Laptop Printing using SAMBA

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Linux Laptop Printing using SAMBA2017-11-01T12:12:32+00:00

Linux Laptop Printing using SAMBA

Here you will find directions for setting up a lab printer to a personal linux computer

These directions were followed using Ubuntu, but you can set this up with any linux or unix machine

There are some rules:

  1. You have to be on the VPN for both setting up printers and when you decide to print
  2. It is highly recommended that you are in the lab, physically close to the printer when you set one up

Here are the steps, there are quite a few, but actually this is a pretty straightforward system:

  1. Go to the system settings
  2. Open the printers options
  3. click +add
  4. use the network printers dropdown option
  5. Choose windows printer via SAMBA
  6. smb:// printer name here)
  7. Use “prompt user”
  8. click Verify
  9. Username=CECS\(MCECS username), Domain=LEAVE THIS BLANK, Password=MCECS password
  10. If the printer is accessible, then proceed and click “forward”, if not then try again from step 6
  11. Optionally:
    1. Choose “set authentication details now”
    2. Username=CECS\(MCECS username)
    3. Password=(MCECS password)

From this point you can choose to install the specific driver for each printer, or choose a generic printer driver. One advantage to setting up a specific driver is that it gives you more options and details for the printer, like whether it is duplex (double sided) or not. Also a specific driver would guarantee a working printer, but a generic driver might come across unknown errors that the CAT has no way of fixing.

  1. Specific:
    1. When prompted, click the printer manufacturer (Most likely this will be HP)
    2. Choose the printer type (Will be on the front of the machine)
    3. Install the driver
    4. Print a test page (This test is why we recommend you are close to the printer when you set one up)
  2. Generic:
    1. Pick generic
    2. We recommend using the raw queue option
    3. Print a test page of your choosing (this test is why we recommend you are close to the printer when you set one up)