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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 24, 2021


We use the IBM i system as a print server and have many NetServer print shares.

The IBM i 7.3 Memo to Users (MTU) ( documents additional steps required to allow NetServer print shares to work in an SMB 2.0 (SMB2) environment on both Windows and IBM i. However, if SMB2 is enabled on Windows, such as by a Windows update, the NetServer print shares do not print.

SMB 1.0 (SMB1) must be enabled on Windows and IBM i for the NetServer print shares to function again.

IBM development stated that when the MTU was published, NetServer print shares were tested and working in SMB2 environment. After publication, Windows behavior changed, necessitating the use of SMB1 for print shares.

SMB2 must be disabled for NetServer:
CALL QZLSMAINT PARM('40' '1' '0x80')
SMB1 must be enabled for Windows.

APAR MA48963 has been created.

Use Case:

We use the IBM i system as a print server so there is one location for all printing. NetServer print shares are a large part of the environment. When a Windows update is applied, SMB1 is disabled and users are unable to print. SMB1 must be enabled on Windows again for it to work.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Nov 3, 2021

    We understand this request and will consider it as we prioritize our future work.

  • Guest
    May 4, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Apr 16, 2021

    Thank you for submitting this request. We will consider this request as we plan and prioritize our other work.

  • Guest
    Apr 6, 2021

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - IFS (Integrated File System) and Servers
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Client

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Print
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Client