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setting up printers

200 users on PCs connected to a Unix server require to print to their local printers......How??
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PaullambertAuthor Commented:
Hi !
You Have 3 major solutions :

1-  if yor Pcs are with NT workstation, simply share your local printer and set on the unix a remote queue (with the name of you want)  with the IP address or name (if in /etc/hosts) of the Pc as Print Server and the name of remote printer on the NT station. The NT stations are lpd native servers.

2 - If your PCs are with  Windows 95 or Windows 3.11 install a lpd server on each Pc then create printer queue on Unix (client lpr) with the IP address or name of pc (if in /etc/hosts) is server and the name of printer share for the remote printer. You have to purchase a lpd server for each PC (eg : NI PRINT, ESKER TUN or Reflexion... or freeware or shareware). It cost in time and money to install and configure.


3 - Buy a NT SERVER if you have not.(not NT WORKSTATION if you have so much PC's) with 128 Mo Memory or more . Make The PC clients of the domain. Share the printer on each PC by the Microsoft Client and Service Sharing Printer (in Control Panel Network). Declare the remote printers on the NT server for each PC. Share The Printers on the NT Server. Set on the Unix all of the Printers Queues (named as you want for your unix softs) with Print Server is the NT and the remote printers the names of the shares on the NT. With this solution, only  The NT takes care of all of the printers. You may manage all of the spool to PC's with the printer manager of the NT Server. The NT server is the only lpd server. No special need to install an other soft on each PC. With this fact, a Pc may easily print from Windows softs to a local printer of a other one.

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