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How to Set Up a Lion Server Print Queue on Windows Clients

You can add print queues on your Lion Server to your Windows clients using either Bonjour Services for Windows or the Add Printer Wizard in Windows.

The best thing you can do for the Windows clients that get print services from your Lion Server is install Bonjour Services for Windows on the client computers. Bonjour is a protocol that Apple created for the advertising and discovery of computers, printers, and other services over a network.

Outside of Apple, Bonjour is called ZeroConf or Multicast DNS. (It was also once called Rendezvous.) Mac OS X 10.2 and later clients have Bonjour built in, but Windows doesn’t. Apple offers Bonjour for Windows as a free download.

After you install Bonjour in Windows, open the Bonjour Printer Wizard and select a shared printer.

Alternatively, you can use the default (non-Apple) Windows software. Most versions of Windows can send print jobs to the server with SMB. Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 support SMB, IPP, and LPR. To connect to print queues on Mac OS X Server, you can use the Add Printer Wizard. To find this wizard, choose Start→Printers and Faxes and then click Add a Printer.

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Here, you can either browse for a discoverable print queue or type a printer address. The latter takes this form: \\servername\printqueuename.

Keep in mind that the server name is actually the NetBIOS name or a Windows domain server. You can check the NetBIOS name of the Mac server with Server Admin:

  1. Click the triangle to the left of the server and then choose SMB from the list.

  2. Click the Settings icon and then click General.

    The Computer Name field has the NetBIOS name.

If you have trouble finding a print queue shared with SMB, check the name of the print queue. If it’s longer than 15 characters, that’s a problem. SMB print queue names need to be 15 characters or fewer.

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