Tux-UKUUG logo
Linux 2003
Conference and Tutorials
---------------------------------------------------
Thurs 31st July - Sun 3rd August 2003
Edinburgh, Scotland

Kurt Pfeifle - Danka Deutschland, KDE, Linuxprinting.org

Migrating Windows Network Printing to Samba and CUPS

Printing is a stepchild in most networked IT environments. Often the setup reminds of a jungle: different protocols, printer languages and networking protocols, central spooling and peer-to-peer printing co-exist side by side -- but mostly not very peacefully. Admin time is often eaten by debugging a users' print problems. The overall costs of the undertaking is seldomly tracked and often not known at all.

Recently we see a tendency to migrate network printing (alongside other services) over to Linux-based servers (even where the clients remain with Microsoft operating systems), with CUPS at the head of the migration movement. CUPS works very closely with Samba to extend its hand to Windows-based clients.

CUPS offers some unique features no other spooling system can offer. It is a network-transparent PostScript-RIP in software, allowing all clients to consolidate on PostScript drivers (even if the target printer is a non-Postscript inkjet). Based on the new IETF standard for network printing, IPP (Internet Printing Protocol), it is designed to replace the venerable, but "kludgy" LPD.

CUPS offers all clients the full feature and finishing set of the printers (various resolutions, duplex, stapling, punching, coversheets or folding) through its support and extension of the PPD quasi-standard (PostScript Printer Descriptions). It ships now as the default printing system on most Linux distros; it is the printing system for Mac OS X; it is easy to install on all commercial UNIXes and there is a Windows client in development.

Native clients benefit from an automatic setup, enabling them to discover available printers and drivers through the network, and sparing any specific admin or user interventions on the clients if there are reconfigurations or printer additions and deletions on the servers.

Windows clients may get their drivers downloaded and installed automatically with the help of Samba's "point and print" support.

CUPS is able to provide accounting about every job (logging the number of pages, usernames, printername, time of print etc.) to provide a means of control and financial planning for the efficient distribution of resources. It supports other established internet standards, such as SLP (Service Location Protocol), LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol), TLS (Transport Layer Security), and others.

The talk will include a live presentation is mainly intended for advanced users, administrators and "decision-makers", but users unfamiliar with CUPS will most likely be able to understand it as well.


Feedback Form Timetable Programme Call for Papers
Edinburgh Accommodation Social Events Exhibition


S  P O N S O R S
IBM
IBM
Positive Internet
The Positive Internet Company
Perforce
Perforce
  uklinux.net
UKlinux.net
 
Astaro Internet Security
Astaro Internet Security
SGI
SGI
Clockwork Software
Clockwork Software

M  E D I A   S  P O N S O R S
Linux Magazine
Linux Magazine
Need To Know
NTK
Linux User
Linux User & Developer
Linux Format
Linux Format

For more information please contact UKUUG Problems? e-mail webmaster
© Copyright 2003 UKUUG Ltd