View Full Version : [ubuntu] Hide Shared Printers Across Windows Network?

June 27th, 2008, 09:34 AM
I have managed to successfully setup some shared folders on an Ubuntu machine which Windows machines can access without a password, but the Ubuntu machine is also sharing a Printers and Faxes folder even though I have no printers installed, just wondered if there was a way I could stop it showing so only the shared folders were listed?

Thanks for any help :)

December 10th, 2008, 12:38 AM
I have the same problem, but I have printer installed and set in settings "Shared=false", but it is shown in Win network nevertheless.

If somebody have success in hiding the printers please share your knowledge.

December 10th, 2008, 12:54 AM
this helped me to hide printers:

edit your /etc/samba/smb.conf
Put your settings similar to this, this is my winning formula

wins support = no
comment = All Printers
browseable = no
path = /var/spool/samba
printable = yes
guest ok = no
read only = yes
create mask = 0700
available = no
public = no

# Windows clients look for this share name as a source of downloadable
# printer drivers
comment = Printer Drivers
path = /var/lib/samba/printers
browseable = no
read only = yes
guest ok = no
#available = no
#public = no

December 16th, 2009, 08:07 AM
I'm having the same issue. I've edited the section in the smb.conf file to be identical to yours, but my printer share is still displayed. I tried "sudo smbcontrol smbd reload-config". Are there other commands that need to be executed after modifying smb.conf?

Thanks for your help.

March 18th, 2011, 11:05 PM
You can hide all Samba printer shares by adding "disable spoolss = yes" in the [global] section of smb.conf

sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

disable spoolss = yes