How to - unable to configure a W2K Server Print Share and Mac OS X computer


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Juan Figueroa

One of our directors bought a PowerBook G4 despite of the
fact that our company works with Microsoft Windows
Compatible Systems. I installed File and Print Services
for Macintosh and tried to configure to connect the Mac.
NAT and File Services worked fine. However, i was unable
to set up the printer. I configured RRAS and created an
appletalk zone to work with. Whenever i try to apply the
settings, this message appears: no such interface
supported (800040002). On the Mac side, when i try to
select Apple Talk option in the add new printer box, no
apple zones appear. Since the Mac is able to access file
shares, i'm not sure if the printer issue has to do with
RRAS and the message or there is something else that i
haven't done yet.
Thank you for help. Regards. Juan Figueroa.
 
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John

You have to run it through Samba, but I can't say it will work for you.
Firstly, from this forum I've learned that there is an issue with SP4
accepting Mac print jobs. I've downloaded a Samba 3 build and I'm
planning on doing the install tomorrow -- crossing my fingers that it
will work. (Note, you may have to log into the root account on the Mac
to edit some of the files as, even though your user may have admin
privileges, you cannot save changes to smb.conf using that account.)

Check out http://homepage.mac.com/william_white/print_to_windows.html
for more information. Good luck!

J.

PS: I take it the director's choice does not please you? <g> That's OK.
I've worked with people of that level before and what they want is what
they want regardless of the headaches it creates.
 
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William M. Smith

One of our directors bought a PowerBook G4 despite of the
fact that our company works with Microsoft Windows
Compatible Systems. I installed File and Print Services
for Macintosh and tried to configure to connect the Mac.
NAT and File Services worked fine. However, i was unable
to set up the printer. I configured RRAS and created an
appletalk zone to work with. Whenever i try to apply the
settings, this message appears: no such interface
supported (800040002). On the Mac side, when i try to
select Apple Talk option in the add new printer box, no
apple zones appear. Since the Mac is able to access file
shares, i'm not sure if the printer issue has to do with
RRAS and the message or there is something else that i
haven't done yet.
Thank you for help. Regards. Juan Figueroa.

Hi Juan!

First, remove the Appletalk routing from RRAS to remove the zone. You don't
need it and it will only complicate matters.

When you say the Mac is seeing the Windows shares, is it connecting via
"afp://", which is Appletalk or is it connecting via "smb://", which is
Samba (Windows networking for Unix)? If via Samba, then your Mac may not
have Appletalk enabled. It can be enabled in the Network portion of System
Preferences. If Samba is working for your Director, you could consider
removing the Mac Services from your server as well.

The Mac could use LPR to print to the server by choosing IP Printing instead
of Appletalk. You'd only need to know the server's DNS name or IP address
and the share name of the print queue as well as the type of printer for
setup.

Hope this helps! bill
 

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