[cups.general] WinXP IPP Printing to CUPS

David Schlenk david-schlenk at bethel.edu
Thu Jan 13 09:08:03 PST 2005

Apologies if this has been covered before.

We've been using cups+samba to share network printers to our windows 
clients in a windows domain for many years. With XP SP2 we have had 
many issues with the reliability of samba, and are looking at the 
possibility of using IPP printing with windows.

On the windows side, it appears that IPP printers, once installed by an 
administrator, persist for all users. This is good, as I was concerned 
about driver installation.

It seems however that the only authentication solution that comes close 
to working is the "use windows username and password (and domain, if 
available)" option. The domain+username causes this method of 
authentication to fail.

For those who have worked with samba, my setup is fairly typical: samba 
is part of a windows domain and uses that for authentication. Samba 
also requires a local account on the machine to exist, which is where 
the LDAP accounts come in.  Even though LDAP doesn't know about the 
windows domains, samba is able to use those accounts as the local 
equivalents of the windows domain accounts.

My CUPS server also uses ldap to authenticate usernames and passwords, 
but since it has nothing to do with windows domain authentication, it 
does not know about the windows domains and I can't think of a simple 
way to throw away that part of the username, thus allowing the LDAP 
authentication to succeed.  I was wondering if anyone has successfully 
set up windows client printing with IPP using windows domain 
authentication against their CUPS server?
David Schlenk
Operating Systems Analyst
Bethel University
Saint Paul, Minnesota
david-schlenk at bethel.edu

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