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10.5: Disable printer queue password requirements
Authored by: pgsengstock on Dec 18, '08 09:05:35PM

This problem has been plaguing us ever since we upgraded this summer. I was very excited to publish printers using OD, but found early on that the printers would randomly pause themselves and the above stated problem would ensue for my users. I've been tracking it for quite some time and I think it's because the PPDs, as configured on the server, aren't sent out to the workstations by OD. I can set all the necessary printing preferences on the server (ie: set the printer to duplex), but when I go back to a workstation, they're all set to the defaults. The default error policy for all printers is to stop printing. Creating the printer locally and changing the options seems to work, but if the printer is coming down from the directory, BAM!--problems.

This is a great workaround, but I still think it's just that and not a true solution. Anyone know if Apple has addressed this issue in versions later than 10.5.4 (Client and Server)?

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10.5: Disable printer queue password requirements
Authored by: pgsengstock on Jan 22, '09 02:21:50PM

Still not fixed in 10.5.6. Also, we recently updated our HP drivers for another type of printer, and for some reason, HP changed the default config for one of their PPDs. Now, the PPD in questions that comes down via MCX has the default tray set to the letter feed instead of the tray underneath. Because the clients aren't honoring the printer options set in CUPS, I have no way to fix this.

What a mess. I think I'm going to just bite the bullet and ditch MCX printer management--I've got better things to spend my time on, rather than fielding calls every five minutes because of another stupid printer error. Apple better get their $h17 together, ASAP...

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