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Connecting to a network Samba PDF converter

By admin | September 30, 2010

The Samba team does not supply any existing PDF drivers for connecting Windows machines to networked PDF converters such as cups-pdf. As a result, the technique to print to the PDF “printer” involves using the drivers for the built-in Windows HP LaserJet. Here is a step-by-step method to print to PDF from your Windows computer.


A set-up, ready to connect networked virtual PDF converter. This article will only cover connecting, not setting it up.


  1. Open the “Add Printer” dialogue in Windows. Specify Network printer when asked.
  2. Fill out the path to your networked PDF printer as follows: \\<hostname>\<Printer name>
  3. Click “Yes” and “OK” for the next two warning from Windows.
  4. Select the HP LaserJet printer driver as shown as follows:
  5. After the driver installs, set it as your default printer in Windows or not and print a page to it. You can find the results in your cups-pdf output folder (usually /home/<username>/PDF and /var/spool/cups-pdf/ANONYMOUS for anonymous jobs)

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