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Using Samba network printer from Windows XP (SOLVED)
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rmockler

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PostPosted: Sun 27 May 2007, 22:17    Post_subject:  Using Samba network printer from Windows XP (SOLVED)
Sub_title: How to automatically logon to Puppy machine as root?
 

I have a Samba question that I would appreciate getting some help with. I am currently using Puppy 215CE on my desktop with Samba set up, and generally it works just fine. My wife is using a laptop with Windows XP and sends print jobs to the printer attached to my desktop without problem. The combination of Samba with CUPS is really good, and I have no complaints about the performance. The only glitch in the scheme, is that unless I logon to root on her XP system, the printer is not available. While on the XP laptop, if I click on the Printers and Faxes in Network Neighorhood, it displays Access Denied. If I go back to Network Neighborhood and click on puppypc, I get a logon window. When I enter root in the User ID, (no password) I immediately get the directory of my root folders, and the printer on puppypc has a status of ready. For the remainder of that session all print jobs sent are successful. But when the XP laptop is rebooted, I must log in as root again on the laptop to be able to print. This is a minor irritation, as my wife fails to remember to do this, and then comes to me and says that her job won't print. My question is, can I avoid having to make her log in for every session that is started on her laptop? It certainly seems that it should be possible.
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~Dick

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Bruce B


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PostPosted: Sun 27 May 2007, 23:30    Post_subject:  

I used to do that with a batch fine using ipconfig and net in Windows 98
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rmockler

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PostPosted: Mon 28 May 2007, 20:30    Post_subject:  

Solved this problem today, even easier than expected. To begin, there is no real need to logon to Samba from the XP machine as the Puppy machine is not part of a domain, but a member of a workgroup. All I had to do to eliminate the Access Denied message was change the smb.conf file to use security = share instead of security = user, and set the guest ok = yes and public = yes in the printers section of the smb.conf file. Now when the XP machine boots up, the root folder and network printer on the Puppy box are immediately accessible. The Puppy operating system just keeps getting better and better.
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