Printing from VM

Derek Broughton derek at
Wed Jun 17 16:57:22 UTC 2009

Chris Mohler wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 7:34 AM, alan duval<amoht at> wrote:
>> Hi Chris,
>> Sorry for sending this to you direct but I posted this answer to your
>> query in the ubuntu-users digest and no one else has commented.
> No problem.
>> On checking I don't have Samba installed. Is it required for VirtualBox
>> to access the printer?

No.  I'm pretty sure I wrote in this thread about my recent experience 
sharing a printer via cups (which is the same as Chris mentions below).
> I'm not sure - my VM is XP, so it is required for my setup.  I would
> assume that a linux host would default something like IPP, but again
> I'm not sure. (telnet localhost 631?)

If the printer's accessible via cups, it should be visible at  
http://localhost:631/printers/.  If you can't find anything on port 631, you 
aren't running cups - but it should be installed by default.  If the page 
comes up, but there's no printers there, the system for adding one is pretty 
intuitive.  It's _way_ easier than using Samba, and I guarantee that a 
Windows VM can find it.

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