LPR Printing for Windows

Note we assume that this computer will NOT be part of a domain ( domain users have printing automatically setup )

Note for Wireless Laptop users

You will not be able to print using the LPR protocol while connected wirelessly. The only alternative currently available is to use the Windows SMB protocol, using smb-printers.cs.uwaterloo.ca or smb-printers.student.cs as appropriate, as the server. Using SMB is in fact the preferred method for printing from workstations; LPR is used primarily to dodge a problem with Linux workstations that has yet to be resolved.

Adding Unix LPR Print Services to Windows

  • Open Control Panel
    • Add/Remove Programs
    • Add/Remove Windows Components (see left hand column)
      Add/Remove Windows Components
  • Check Other Network File and Print Services:
    , Click on "Details" Add Service
  • Check Print Service For Unix:
    Print Service For Unix
  • Point to C:\i386 when it asks for XP CD!

Adding LPR Printers

  • Open Printers and Faxes
  • Add a printer (Under printer Tasks)
  • Printer Wizard Starts
    • Next
  • Add Printer Wizard Screen Appears
    • Pick Local printer attached to this computer (no kidding!)
    • Uncheck Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer (Otherwise Windows will aimlessly seach for a printer)
    • Next

  • Select a Printer Port
    • Check Creat a new port
    • Type of Port: LPR Port
    • Next
  • Add LPR compatible Printer
    • Name or address of server providing lpd: print.cs.uwaterloo.ca
    • Name of printer or print queue on that server: lj_csgrad
      See list below for additional printers
    • Next
Add LPR Compatible Printer
  • Install Printer Software (we will use lj_csgrad in this example)
    • Manufacture HP
    • Printers HP LaserJet 4100 PS (if the HP 4250 does not exist)
    • Next
    • Keep existing driver if a driver is already is installed
  • Name Your Printer
    • Printer Name LJ_CSGRAD HP4250 PS - can be any kind of description
    • Check if you want this to be your default printer
    • Next
  • Printer Sharing
    • Do not share thsi printer
    • Next
  • Print Test Page
    • Check Yes if you wish to print a test page
    • Next
  • Completing the Add Printer Wizard
    • Finish

Updating Device Settings

Setting Duplex Option to Installed

  • Open Printers and Faxes
  • Right click on printer and pick Properties
  • Open Device Settings
  • Update Device Setting to match your target printer
    • Example Duplex Installed for two sided printing

Add a Separator page

  • Open Printers and Faxes
  • Right click on printer and pick Properties
  • Open Device Settings
  • Click on Advanced Tab
  • Click on Separator Page button
  • Select "c:\Windows\System32\sysprint.sep"
  • Note: if you wish, you can edit sysprint.sep and change "\\\\server\\name" to display the System and user name. Use WordPad or Vim to edit it - Notepad will have problems with the End-of-Line markers

Updating Print Quota to allow that user to print from that machine

  • You will need to send a request to accounts@cs to add that user/machinename to the quota file
  • CSCF staff may do this themselves using the notes in AddingPrintQuota

Shared CS Printers

For an up-to-date list of shared printers in CS, see the list of printers and printer "classes". The description of each printer is prefixed with its intended user community, e.g. [CS] for faculty, grads and staff, [CS grad] for grad students, and [DB] for members of the Database Research Group.

Saving and restoring printer and driver settings

Print Migrator

  • \\asimov.uwaterloo.ca\hardware\PRINTERS\Print_Migrator3.1\printmig.exe
    • This tool can save or restore all printer settings and drivers on a computer

CS Printers save with Print Migrator

  • \\asimov.uwaterloo.ca\hardware\PRINTERS\Print_Migrator3.1\printers.cab
    • This file hase the Common CS printers saved as listed in the previous section
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