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Integrating a printer is defined as making a network printer available as an ASU printer share to Windows users. There are five steps to integrating a printer:

Step 1

Ensure that the Tru64 UNIX system on which ASU is running recognizes the printer and that the printer is working

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Step 2

Determine the printer share properties

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Step 3

Create the printer share

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Step 4

Install alternate print drivers

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Step 5

Set the permissions for the printer share

Step 1 Step 1: Ensure that the printer is recognized and working

You must check:

  • The /etc/printcap file to ensure that the Tru64 UNIX operating system recognizes the printer. If an entry for the printer does not exist in the /etc/printcap file, use the lprsetup utility to set up the printer. The lprsetup utility prompts you for information about the printer, creates a spool directory, links the output filter, and adds an entry in the /etc/printcap file for the printer.

  • That the printer for which you want to create a printer share is working.

Step 2Step 2: Determine the printer share properties

You must determine properties for the printer share. You can use the printer share worksheet to collect information for the printer share.

You can click here to go to the next step or scroll down to see a completed sample of a printer share worksheet. Default values are used unless a value is provided in red.

Printer Share Worksheet

Provide a value for each component listed in Table 1.  Click here for more information on these components.

Table 1: Mandatory Components: Providing Values

Component Value Corresponding net user Option
Share name
(Up to 20 alphanumeric characters.  Cannot be the same name as the Tru64  UNIX queue name.)
win_printer No option - Enter the share name after the net share command
Device name laserwriter No option - Enter the UNIX printer name after the share name

Optionally, provide a value for each component listed in Table 2.  Click here for more information on these components.

Table 2: Optional Components: Providing Values

Component Value Corresponding net share Option
Users                   /USERS:#
Unlimited                 /UNLIMITED
Remark                          /REMARK:"text"

Step 3Step 3: Create the printer share

Minimally, you must provide a share name and a device name to create a printer share. You create a printer share by using either:

Using the net share command

Enter a net command in lowercase at the UNIX command prompt on a system running the ASU software. Press the Enter key at the end of the entire command.

To create a printer share using the information from the sample printer share worksheet, enter: 

# net share win_printer=laserwriter /print

To view information about the win_printer printer share, enter:

# net share win_printer

Go to Step 4

Using the Windows Printer Wizard

Follow these steps to create a printer share using the Windows Printer Wizard:

  1. Log in to the system running Windows using an account with administrative privileges.

  2. Browse the Network Neighborhood or use the Run or Find option from the Start button to locate and double click on the ASU server on which you want to create the printer share.

    A window is displayed listing the disk shares and a Printers folder.

  3. Double click on the Printers folder.

  4. Click on the Add Printer icon and follow the instructions on the screen.

Step 4 Step 4: Install alternate print drivers

You may want to install alternate print drivers for a printer share so that users of various Windows-based systems (Alpha-, PowerPC-, MIPS-, or x86-based) can automatically download the driver that they need when the user adds the printer locally.  For example, when a Windows 95 user adds to their system a printer that points to an ASU printer share, the Windows 95 Printer Wizard connects to the ASU server and searches for a x86-based driver for that printer.  If a driver is found, the Printer Wizard copies the driver to the Windows 95 system.  If a driver is not found, then the Printer Wizard requires that user provide the print driver.

Follow these steps to install alternate print drivers for a printer share:  

  1. Install the printer locally on a Windows NT system.

  2. Display the Properties dialog box for the printer share.

  3. Click on the Sharing tab.

  4. Choose to share the printer and select the alternate drivers that you want to
    install.

  5. Click on the OK button

Step 5Step 5: Setting Permissions

Permissions for a printer share are No Access, Print, Manage Documents, and Full Control. Although permissions are cumulative, the No Access permission overrides all other permissions. By default, the Full Control permission is assigned to each domain user account. 

To change permissions on a printer share, you must be the owner of the printer. You can change printer share permissions by using either:

Using the net perms command

Enter a net command in lowercase at the UNIX command prompt on a system running the ASU software. Press the Enter key at the end of the entire command.

To prohibit a user named peter from using a printer share share called win_printer, enter: 

# net perms \\win_printer /grant Peter:noaccess

To view permissions about the win_printer printer share, enter:

# net perms \\win_printer

Using the Windows Printer Properties GUI

Follow these steps to set printer share permissions:

  1. Select the print share (click on the start button -> Settings -> Printers) then single click on the name of the printer share in the Printers window.

  2. Choose Properties from the File menu.

    A Properties dialog box for the printer is displayed.

  3. Click on the Security tab then click on the Permissions button.

     A Printer Permissions dialog is box displayed. 

  4. If the user or group name for which you want to set permissions is not displayed, then click on the Add button to add them to the list. Choose the type of access for the user or group and click on the OK button.