Mac OS Snow Leapord connecting to Windows Print Server

Posted on 2011-05-03
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have a Windows Print Server and to add the printers I've shared there I have to do this: and I think that process is terrible.  I want something easy like it is on windows where you simply brows over smb to the printer \\printserver\printer

I have 2 MAC Mini's that are integrated into my AD domain. Should I use them as print servers?  What else is there?
Question by:LrdKanien
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    Expert Comment

    Are you just trying to connect the mac to a printer?

    Author Comment

    100 macs to printers.
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    If your Mac workstations are bound to AD you should be able to open System Preferences and select Print and Fax and from there click the + to add a printer and from there select Windows. That should give you the ability to scan your network work, find the print server and select the appropriate printer.

    Author Comment

    I do that, but there are some additional steps as well.  I have to resume and enter my credentials.  I also have to find the right printer drivers.
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    Expert Comment

    Do you limit usage by user ID?  I don't in our environment and when I need to print, it just prints. If you need to put creds in up front, you or the user can have it saved in the keychain.  But yes, drivers are a bit of an issue and I don't have an easy workaround for that.

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