Setting up a Printer. Overview Linux servers can be used in many different roles on a LAN. File and print servers are the most common roles played by the servers. In this module we learn about the print process and how to administer and set up the printers. Lesson covered in this module
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Linux servers can be used in many different roles on a LAN. File and print servers are the most common roles played by the servers. In this module we learn about the print process and how to administer and set up the printers.
Lesson covered in this module
Setting up a Printer
In Linux, printers are set up on a local computer and on a network as well. Linux has advanced printing system known as Common Unix Printing System. Printer can be configured to share on a network.
Topics covered in this Lesson
Common Unix Printing System (CUPS)
Adding a IPP Printer
Adding a (Unix) LPD Printer
Adding a Samba Printer
The Common Unix Printing System (CUPS) is an entirely new and modern printing system.
It has web-based administration that helps in setting up CUPS easily.
CUPS will support network, parallel and serial printers.
A windows system can print to a printer shared by a Linux system through CUPS without using any other software.
CUPS printing system is relatively easy to configure than LPD and LPRng.
Printer can be configured using graphical tool and command line interface.
Printer configuration using command line interface
The printer is configured using the setup utility and setting the configurations.
As explained in the mouse configuration, give the Setup command that will take you to the Text mode Setup Utility command line interface
Printer Configuration using Graphical Tool
An IPP printer is a printer connected to different Linux system on the same network that runs CUPS or a printer configured on different operating system for using IPP.
By default, the Printer Configuration Tool will browse the network for any shared IPP printers.
A new networked IPP printer can be added by clicking the New button in the main Printer Configuration Tool window.
A remote Unix printer like the one connected to a different Linux system on the same network can be added by clicking the New button in the main Printer Configuration Tool window.
A Samba printer accessed using the SMB protocol, can be added by clicking the New button in the main Printer Configuration Tool window.
For configuring a printer to be shared on a network, open the printer configuration tool as explained above that has a printer as shown in the following figure.
In this lab you have to set up a printer by using graphical tool. You have to create a print queues name IIHT and try to print a test page.
Linux supports Common Unix Printing System (CUPS) that is new and modern printing system.
A printer can be configured using command line interface and graphical tool known as Printer Configuration Tool
Printer configuration tool is used to add a local printer, an IPP printer, a Unix printer and a Samba printer
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