In most cases, no additional steps are required to configure a printer. When a printer is connected to the server, it is detected automatically, and the drivers that are needed are installed automatically as well. If your printer is not detected automatically or if you want to connect to a network printer, use the Printer option to configure the printer. On the Printer screen, the following options are available for installing new printers:

New Queue for Existing Printer: Use this option to connect a second queue to the same printer. This option is helpful if you want to provide Linux printers to Windows users as well as Linux users. For the Linux user, the printer would need input that is interpreted by a printer driver, whereas the Windows user would normally send formatted documents to the printer. Therefore, for the Windows user, documents that are sent in the raw format would be enough.

Directly Connected Printers: This is the option you would use if a printer that is connected to your server directly were not recognized properly. In that case, select this option, and enter all properties for your printer manually.

Network Printers: Use this option to connect to a network printer that is somewhere on the network.

You can find more in-depth information about printer configuration in Chapter 14.

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