System Administration Guide: Printing

Administering Printers on a Network When Using the SMB Protocol

Often, a system that is running the Oracle Solaris OS provides file and print services to a variety of systems on a network, including Windows systems. In a network of where only Windows systems exist, the SMB protocol is commonly used to share printers. In the Oracle Solaris OS, server-side support for SMB is provided through Samba. and managed through the Service Management Facility (SMF). Client-side printing support is also available through Samba. To access a Windows hosted printer, setup of a local print queue is required. This requirement is due to differences in UNIX and Windows printing models.

The SMB service is controlled by the contents of the /etc/sfw/smb.conf file. An example of this file, /etc/sfw/smb.conf-example, is provided when you install the Oracle Solaris software on your system. To share printers by using the SMB protocol, you must first enable the service.

To start using this service, follow these steps: