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AIX - Windows Integration

Sharing Printers between AIX and Windows by victorv
Posted: 9 May 03 (Edited 26 May 03)

AIX ( or Unix ) and Windows, use the same (almost) Transport Protocol (TCP),
but to share files and printers use different protocols ( NFS,LPD - Lan Manager ),

                   FILES    PRINTERS
   |   AIX          nfs      lpd  
   |   WIN           lan-manager    

To make possible they "speak", one of them must activate
the protocol of the other; furthermore, we have to understand who is the client and which is the server.


In this case, we choose that Windows emulates Unix:
lpd protocol is installable on Windows as client or server
In Windows 2000 or NT4 it can be found on Windows CD ;

For Windows 9x it is not so easy:

If W9X is client, we can download 3rd part software : eg

If W9X is server,


or change strategy, and do AIX emulate Windows, using Samba, but is a bit more complicated.

Suppose Windows NTx

NT5 (2000) :
  Start | Setting | Contro Panel | Add/Remove Programs |
    Add/Remove Wind... | Other Network File and Printer..|
        Print Service for Unix .
  Insert Windows2000 CD, and SPx if required

NT4: In Control Panel, Network, TCPIP,
       add protocol "Microsoft TCPIP Printng"     
(sorry for imprecisions, but I have not here now a NT4 box )

  Windows is Server


     - Computer Management | Service and Applications|      
     - look for

             TCP/IP Print Server
     - Start it and set its Startup-type as Automatic.

     - Add Printer ( Local Printer ) and use a existent port
       for parallel,serial port or a new port if there is
       a printer server or the p. has a nic: follow
       instructions and install the printer driver.

     - Then share it: use a short name (eg max 8 char)
       without blanks or strange chars, and Uppercase.
       Perform a test print.


       - Ensure that aix has a name-resolution for Windows
         machine (/etc/hosts, nis, DNS )

       - smitty mkpq         
                standard Processing

       Name of QUEUE to add :  any ( I suggest the NT name )
       HOSTNAME of remote server :    windows-machine-name
       Name of QUEUE on renote server : MUST BE THE ONE YOU
                                        HAVE SHARED

   AIX is Server  


     - smitty spooler
          Manage Print Server
             Start the Printer Server   .... both

          Add print Access for a Remote Client

               put a '+' (plus sign) for any clients

     - however, the AIX has to resolve
       Windows-machine-name <-> IP address

     - Install the printer : local, or jetdirect or other
       and choose a simple name for the queue : test it .

     - ensure lpd is running :    lssrc -g spooler


      - Add Printer , Local Printer (strange but Local),

            Create a new port: drop-down LPR port :

            fill in AIX name or address and AIX queue name

       - Choose printer type and install driver

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