This text shows network administrators how to set up a network printing architecture that supports all kinds of clients using Linux machines as print servers. It covers the standard Unix print servers on BSD and System V, LPRng and Samba printing services, amongst other issues.
On today's networks it's common to have users running Windows, Apple, Novell, and many versions of Unix. Each operating system has its own printing facility and there is little or nothing in common between them - there is no single system for print spooling. Yet all users want to be able to print, and most of the time they have to share the same printers. The network administrator has to solve this problem as efficiently as possible. This text shows network administrators a way out of this problem. It details how to set up a network printing system that's based on Linux, but can handle printing from Windows, Novell, Apple, and any version of Unix. To this end, it offers discussions of the Unix printing facility (both LPR and LPRng); Samba's printer sharing; Netatalk, a free implementation of the AppleTalk protocol; and ncpfs, a Linux implementation of the Netware protocols. The book also shows how to get printers to boot correctly on a network, using solutions like bootp and DHCP; how to manage printers remotely using SNMP; and how to set up a network-wide printer configuration repository with LDAP.
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'This book is a master class in printer management. This is an invaluable book for anyone who is concerned with network printer administration, it is well written and illustrated with plenty of examples.' Ping (HP/Works Newsletter), June 2001 ' Recommended to anyone that needs to administer networked printers, and mix several UNIX and non-UNIX operating systems in the process.- 8/10 - Chris Howells, Linuxformat, May 2001
About Todd Radermacher
Matthew Gast was born on the Great Plains of the Midwest, near Chicago. Living on the Great Plains, he could almost see all the way to Iowa, where he later attended Grinnell College. In college, he started two significant long term relationships. The first is with the fiercely independent Alison Burek, a musician, painter, and Renaissance woman. To the great joy of their two cats, they were married shortly after graduation. The second relationship is with Unix, initially one of Matthew's prime methods of procrastination and later the gateway to network literacy. He uses his home network to experiment with new technologies, and scares away intruders by discussing its architecture. Currently, Matthew is interested in routing, security, cryptography, and mobile communications. He now works at Nokia as a travelling technical wizard and is the resident frequent travel reward program expert. In respites between business trips, Matthew lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with Ali, who is trying to make sure he doesn't grow up before his time, an event she hopes to postpone indefinitely. Todd Radermacher has been working with computer and network technology for the past 15 years, starting with systems programmer and technologist positions at EG & G, and working with the Sandia, Livermore, and Los Alamos Laboratories. Todd moved into the commercial sector in 1994, and since then has held various technical and managerial positions with Silicon Valley startup companies, primarily focusing on data security.
Table of Contents
Preface I. The Basics: Unix Queuing 1. Introduction, Architecture, and History Today's Networking Swamp The Book in a Nutshell File Service: the Other Half of the LAN Server A Brief History of Printing and Publishing 2. Printer Languages PostScript PCL GDI 3. Exploring the Spooler The Berkeley Spooler: lpr and lpd System V Release 4 Printing: lp BSD to System V Translator for System Administrators Microsoft TCP/IP Printing 4. Extending the Berkeley Spooler with Print Filters Remote Printers Print Filters Magic Filters 5. The Next Generation Berkeley Spooler: LPRng Compiling and Installing LPRng Configuring LPRng More Fun with Filters Accounting II. Front-End Interfaces to Unix Queues 6. Connecting Windows to Unix Servers: Let's Samba Introduction to the Server Message Block Protocol (SMB) Compiling and Installing Samba Configuring Samba for Print Service Troubleshooting 7. Connecting Macintosh Networks to Unix Servers The AppleTalk Protocol Suite Compiling and Installing netatalk Configuring netatalk Configuring Macintosh Clients Troubleshooting netatalk 8. Connecting NetWare Networks to Linux Servers IPX and the NetWare Protocol Suite Compiling and Installing ncpfs Configuring Your NetWare Server Looking at the NetWare Network from Linux Queue Drainage with the pserver Daemon III. Administration 9. Using SNMP to Manage Networked Printers A Simple Introduction to SNMP Public MIBs SNMP Tools 10. Using Boot Servers for Basic Printer Configuration Front Panel Configuration Telnet BOOTP BOOTP's Partner in Crime: TFTP DHCP Configuring Printers for Dynamic Booting 11. Centralized Configuration with LDAP What Is a Directory? A Short Introduction to LDAP OpenLDAP Practical LDAP Printer Management 12. Accounting, Security, and Performance Accounting Security Performance Monitoring and Tuning Epilogue IV. Appendixes A. printcap Reference B. SNMP MIB Objects for Managing Printers Index
Network Printing by Todd Radermacher
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