How to Add a Lion Server Print Queue to a Mac OS X Client

Macs have always been good at printing, with easy setup and few printing errors. Today, you connect to network printers in System Preferences, in the Print & Scan pane (called Print & Fax in Mac OS X versions before 10.7). This is the same pane that you configure on the server Mac. You can also add a printer in the Print dialog of any application, in the Printer pop-up menu.

When a Mac client prints to a server’s queue that’s shared via IPP, the user can monitor the progress of the printing in the Print & Fax pane of System Preferences. The user can also delete a print job from the queue.

On a Mac OS X client, to add a print queue that’s shared via LPR and advertised through Bonjour, do the following:

  1. Open the Print & Fax (Print & Scan in Lion) pane of System Preferences.

  2. Click the Add (+) button and then click the Default icon in the toolbar.

  3. Click a print queue in the list and then click the Print Using pop-up menu to select a PPD file for the printer model.

    Usually, the correct PPD file is chosen for you. If you can’t find it or don’t know the printer model, choose Generic PostScript Printer.

  4. Click the Add button.

If Bonjour isn’t used with the LPR protocol, choose the protocol from the Protocol pop-up menu. You also need the IP address or the DNS name of the server (not the printer). You may also have to know the queue name.

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