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Re: printing in Active Directory environnement

The CUPS gui, I'm afraid, is no help, and hasn't improved from the
mess 10 years ago, described by Eric Raymond at

Please identify what you're trying to accomplish with Kerberos. That
only certain people can use certain printers? Or that only authorized
people with Kerberos credentials can use the printers? Or that only
certain printers can be used without authorization? And does it need
to be AD or LDAP group membership, rather than just Kerberos
credentials, namely account management rather than mere

On Sat, Mar 15, 2014 at 8:43 AM, Yvan Masson
<yvan.masson@openmailbox.org> wrote:
> Hi everybody,
> I installed around 30 Debian Wheezy computers in the school I work for.
> The network architecture is simple, with one Win 2003 Server acting as
> domain controller, file server and print server.
> My users on Debian can now authenticate against Active Directory, access
> shares and print.
> My problem is that I didn't find the "good" way to print using Kerberos
> credentials : it seems that CUPS should be able to do it, but does not
> (see for example
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/cups/+bug/788167), so you have
> to write a custom backend (for example
> http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2176738, which is the one I
> currently use).
> The CUPS documentation is a bit short
> (http://www.cups.org/documentation.php/doc-1.5/kerberos.html), and I
> already spent dozens of hours on this, seeing that everybody facing this
> problem gives up or use a custom backend. I don't know if I should
> report it as a bug to CUPS maintainers or a feature request to Samba
> maintainers (maybe they could write a custom backend and distribute it
> as a package, like samba-krb-printing for OpenSuse).
> What do you think about this issue ? May I miss something important ?
> Another reason I am giving headache on this is because I now that many
> other schools I am in contact with are interested to use Linux
> computers, and because my network architecture is really common : it
> should work without hacking !
> For people interested in, I wrote a procedure (in french) available at
> http://unptitcoin.no-ip.org/index.php?article3/poste-de-travail-debian-7-integre-a-un-domaine-active-directory. This version is very old but I will update it next week.
> Thanks very much for reading and helping,
> Yvan Masson
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