Tuesday, May 31, 2005

TCP/IP Printing (WinXP/2000)

Earlier this afternoon, I was able to resolve a print server issue in one of our remote site office. Users were complaining that they were unable to connect to the print server and add the two print devices onto their installed printers list. Anyhow, all seems to be working fine now. Given a choice, I would have gone for an LPR printing solution. Let me expound on this further.

One nifty service that comes with the OS (Win2k/XP) which emulates a print server is the
Print Services for Unix. This service can be installed and configured to allow other computers to connect and print to the installed print devices.

To enable this feature for Windows 2000 computers, log-in with administrative privileges, navigate to the Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel and click on Add/Remove Windows Components and install Print Services for Unix.

Start the service after the installation. From the print server, create a new local printer, create a standard TCP/IP port and name this port with the clients host/computer name (where the printer is locally connected; this is for easier ). Configure the port settings to use the LPR protocol and to enable LPR Byte Counting.

Share out the printer and set share permissions accordingly. For clients connecting to this printer, they can connect via \\print_server\printer or by browsing the network itself. The host computer where the printer is connected should always be online in order for other users to connect and use the printer. Users connecting to the printers need not have root privileges on the print server.

Alternatively, if SNMP is enabled across the network, Win2K/XP clients can use SPM (Standard Port Monitor) instead of LPR (Line Printer Resource).

This "poor man's" print server solution is very ideal for small networks (net cafes for example) or when cost (in terms of additional hardware purchase) is a constraint.

Friday, May 27, 2005

The journeys of the rancid root...

I am in the process of collating photos taken during my trips abroad (oversea assignments). I consider myself lucky for having been able to visit China (Wuxi, Shenzhen, Shuzhou, Shanghai, Beijing and Nanjing), Japan (Tokyo, Yokohama and Nagoya), Taiwan (Taipei and Hsinchu), Hongkong, South Korea (Seoul), India (Bangalore), Malaysia (Penang) and Indonesia (Batam).

Looking back, I can say that without the help of my friends and colleagues in those places (who worked with me on some very tight deadlines), those trips would have been boring to say the least. I will never forget them...

This was one of the entrances to the Chiang Kai Shek Museum in Taipei. You can see Ramesh and I at the bottom right corner of the picture. Bjoern was our official photographer during this trip. We were joined by the AD team (Ralph and Serge) together with Markus (who is now our TI head). And so was born the "Masters of Disasters" gang...

This was taken during one of my China trips last year (the pic shows me with my Wuxi colleague Echo's brother and best friend). The backdrop is actually one of the many tourist attractions in the Nanjing Purple Mountains which include Sun Yat Sen's mausoleum. I was with Bjoern on this trip for our Wuxi project rollout.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

To Hell and Blog...

I haven't updated this blog lately. Tsk, there were just too many things I had to do these past two months. There was our AP HQ opening wherein I had to configure our video server for the live broadcast (hey I even received a congratulatory email from our CEO). There was that security training I conducted (together with our ISO) to expound on the processes and implementations we have in place here at our Singapore site to secure our network. This was in the heels of that pesky MOFEI cleanup I had to oversee, tsk. And more.

It's nice to be back blogging. I kind of needed some outlet to somehow relieve me of work related stress. Good thing the pamilya di-magiba is always there for me when the going gets tough (makulit pa rin sila as usual). Oh well, the joys of being a father (and a husband, I might add).