If you have a printer connected to a linux server (as you should) and have linux clients, here is the easiest way to share this printer without mucking too much with details, without mucking with samba.
Software: Fedora Linux 16
On the server:
1) First add its printer as usual, making sure it prints, and make sure “sharing” is selected.
2) Now use sudo system-config-firewall and open a special port, TCP 631 to outside traffic (just go to its second tab, click ADD and use user-specified port option)
On the client:
Adding the printer:
1) find the PPD of the printer, do a “locate
2) copy from that location to your home directory with a
sudo cp /usr/share/ppd/HP/hp-laserjet_4300-ps.ppd.gz .
(that’s what I did).. Then gunzip this:
3) now add the printer, changing the local name to something of your liking, IP address (put the IP of the server) and the name of that printer at server, as well as specifying that PPD file you just copied and gunzipped :
lpadmin -p IzmirHP -E -v http://192.168.2.34:631/printers/Officejet-4300-series -P hp-laserjet_4300-ps.ppd
(To find the printer’s name at the server, you can do a sudo cat /etc/cups/printers.conf at the server)
Now restart cups at client, service cups restart
That should do the trick..