Most Samba systems function primarily or exclusively as file servers, storing files on the server for the benefit of clients. Samba can fulfill other functions, though. Some of Samba’s additional services, such as delivering an accurate time, are described in subsequent chapters of this book. Others, such as handling NetBIOS name resolution, are also described later and are necessary only in support of other Samba functions. The purpose that’s most closely tied to file sharing, though, is printer sharing. Printer shares enable clients to print to printers connected to the Samba server or even print indirectly to other printers that the Samba server can access. Internally, Samba treats printer shares much like file shares but with some important differences—most important, files delivered to Samba for local storage are passed to the server’s print queue for printing.
KeywordsPortable Document Format Printing System Native Driver Print Server Printing Parameter
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