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Setting Up a Network Printer

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Before installing a network printer in a guest OS make sure that your primary OS and the virtual machine meet the following requirements:

  1. In Mac OS X, open System Preferences - Sharing - Services and enable the Printer Sharing service.
  2. Go to System Preferences - Print & Fax - Sharing and make sure that your printer is chosen in the "Share these printers with other computers" list.
  3. Make sure that your printer is able to print from the Mac side (print some test page).
  4. Virtual machine configuration includes a network adapter. Bridged Ethernet (Default Adapter) option should be selected. Make sure that the Enabled and the Connect at startup options are checked.
  5. User account from which you will setup the printer has permission to access the network printer.

In a Linux or FreeBSD Guest Operating System:
Make sure that the following components are installed in your guest Linux or FreeBSD system:
  1. Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS). Installation instructions can be found at CUPS site http://cups.org/documentation.php;
  2. Samba service. Installation instructions can be found at Samba site http://us4.samba.org/samba/docs/man/Samba-HOWTO-Collection/install.html;
  3. A Web browser, since we consider controlling CUPS via web interface;
  4. Also you have to know the root password.

Connect to a shared printer:

  1. In a Windows Guest Operating System   

    1. To add a network printer in a Windows guest OS: 

      1. Start the Windows guest operating system and log in the proper account.
      2. Open Windows Start menu, select Settings and then the Printers and Faxes (or simply Printers) item.
      3. Open the Add Printer Wizard:
        1. In Windows 95/98/NT/ME/2000/2003 double-click the Add printer icon;
        2. In Windows XP click the Add a printer link.

    2. In the Add Printer Wizard:

      1. In Windows 2000/XP/2003:
        • Click Next in the wizard's first screen, in the Local or Network Printer screen, click A network printer, or a printer attached  to another computer.  
        • In Windows 98/ME:
          • click Next in the wizard's first screen, the wizard's next screen asks: "How is this printer attached to your computer?" Choose the Network printer option.
        • In Windows 95/NT:
          • click Network printer/server.

    3. Continue an ordinary network printer installation.

  2. To add a network printer in a Linux or FreeBSD guest OS:

    1. Start your Linux or FreeBSD guest operating system.
    2. Start Common UNIX Printing System. In the Terminal, issue the command:/etc/init.d/cups start
    3. Start a Web browser and open either the IP address of your virtual machine or
    4. Select Printers in menu. Click the Add printer button below the list of available printers (if any).
    5. You are asked for the root password. Enter it to be able to proceed.
    6. In the Add New Printer screen, enter the information for easy identification of the printer: an informative printer name, location, and description.
    7. In the Device for screen window, select the Windows Printer via Samba.
    8. In the Device URI for screen window, specify the path to the network printer in the following format:smb:///
    9. In the Model/Driver for screen window, select the model of your printer.
    10. CUPS performs installation. If installation is successful, the "Printer has been added successfully" message is displayed. 


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