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    Default Automatic Printer Driver Download

    I am trying to configure the automatic print driver feature using CUPS and Samba. I have both Samba and CUPS installed and working. I can add the networked printer on a client workstation, but I always have to assign the driver manually. The printers will be solely used by Windows clients and I have found this below instructions on how to do this, but am wondering if the document is still the correct process (it is rather old). The printer is an HP networked laserjet and I desire to use the universal print driver. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    https://www.novell.com/coolsolutions/feature/18850.html

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    Default Re: Automatic Printer Driver Download

    On 2015-05-20 15:36, gdavis17 wrote:

    > universal print driver. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
    > in advance.


    What openSUSE version are you using? Because that link is for SLES, not
    openSUSE. There might be differences.

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    Default Re: Automatic Printer Driver Download

    Regardless what OS the guide is written to, it's probably obsolete since it's dated 2007.

    Today (for the last year and a half especially, and even more so moving forward) like all other device drivers which used to be installed and run in User space, today most drivers are included in the Linux kernel (for Linux hosts).

    When supporting printer drivers using a Print Server, typically you need to install the print drivers (if needed) client-side which means you need to install Windows Printer drivers into your Windows hosts. How you do that probably depends on the size of your network and either your infrastructure (eg You can push drivers and software through AD policy) or by script (eg by Powershell nowadays but there are many other traditional alternatives).

    HTH,
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    Default Re: Automatic Printer Driver Download

    On 2015-05-20 16:56, tsu2 wrote:
    >
    > Regardless what OS the guide is written to, it's probably obsolete since
    > it's dated 2007.


    Probably.


    > Today (for the last year and a half especially, and even more so moving
    > forward) like all other device drivers which used to be installed and
    > run in User space, today most drivers are included in the Linux kernel
    > (for Linux hosts).
    >
    > When supporting printer drivers using a Print Server, typically you need
    > to install the print drivers (if needed) client-side which means you
    > need to install Windows Printer drivers into your Windows hosts. How you
    > do that probably depends on the size of your network and either your
    > infrastructure (eg You can push drivers and software through AD policy)
    > or by script (eg by Powershell nowadays but there are many other
    > traditional alternatives).


    What I seem to understand is that Windows clients "automatically" would
    get the windows driver from the CUPS print server. It is a cute trick, I
    would say, and it is new to me.

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    Carlos E. R.
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