Print services for Unix

Learn about the two components in Windows 2000 that provide print services for Unix.

Excerpted from Windows 2000 Administration in a Nutshell, by Mitch Tulloch, published by O'Reilly and Associates.


This Windows 2000 component provides line printer remote (LPR) and line printer daemon (LPD) services to allow cross-platform printing between Unix and Windows 2000. LPR is the client-side Unix printing utility that enables a user to send a job to a Unix print server running LPD. In Windows 2000, the two new services provided by Print Services for Unix are:

  • LPRMON, which enables Windows 2000 print servers to send print jobs to Unix print servers running LPD. In other words, LPRMON enables Windows clients to print to Unix printers via the Windows 2000 print server running LPRMON.

  • LPDSVC, which emulates LPD on Windows 2000 print servers. In other words, LPDSVC enables Unix clients to send print jobs to the Windows 2000 print server running LPRMON.

Note that once you have installed these services, you must change the startup configuration of LPDSVC from Manual to Automatic. Use Services in the Computer Management console to do this.

Note also that not all Unix systems use the same LPR specification, so establishing printing interoperability between Windows 2000 and Unix platforms can sometimes be problematic.


To learn more about Windows 2000 Administration in a Nutshell, click here.

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This was first published in April 2001

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