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Hi,
this printer is directly connecten to an TCP/IP-Network having its own IP-Adress !
This allows evrybody in our network to connect to the printer to print, but this often brings up some problems when 2 or more users try to print at the same time !  
So we want to use one computer as printserver to manage all printjobs !  Is it possible to tell the QMS that only this one computer is allowed to send printjobs ?
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by:ryans
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Yes, that would be based on the "Printserver software/setup".  What do you have in mind for this "printserver" (dedicated?, Win95 shared printer?)  Let me know, please.
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by:tstrob
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ryans,

I think you misunderstood me ?
The printserver is already installed and works fine !

But because printserver and QMS are connected via TCP/IP and not directly, it is possible for other users to connect via TCPIP to the printer !  

So we want that only the printserver (an NT4-Server, sharing the printer) is allowed to connect to the QMS !


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by:ryans
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"So we want to use one computer as printserver to manage all printjobs !"

"Want to" replaced by  "already have" changes the view point on your question.  Just reading what YOU wrote.
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by:tstrob
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This was part of the explanation. Sorry if it was not clear.
The question is:  "Is it possible to tell the QMS that only this one computer is allowed to send printjobs ?"
Other IPs should be denied !
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by:duckers
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No, If you wan't to achive this you must set up the computer as the print server and instruct people that this is the method by which they print. NT is good for this.
Sorry the answer is not what your looking for
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by:jkjung
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Make sure that people are NOT printing immediately.  Instead, have their jobs put into the NT Server's print queue.  You can change these settings at the Server.  It may or may not be reflected as changes in the client stations.

I hope this helps.

--MikroData (jkjung)
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by:jkjung
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Oh, it's one of the settings for the printer's Properties in the Printer folder.
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by:tstrob
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If there is a user that is not allowed to print, this user will simply use the immediate way...
So this is not the solution...

I found out my own solution now:
"I will change the TCPIP-Portnumber to a secret...  This should block other users for a while...
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From memory (I first sold the QMS 1725 in 1993) the IP options have no selective address capabilities.

This is why most network installations that wanted control used either IPX from a server or AppleTalk stack from Novell to achieve this restriction (until some bright spark got hold of an AppleTalk service for their PC i.e. COPSTalk or MacLAN connect).

My answer doesn't solve your problem, but it does advise the normal practice for restrictive network access.  

Unfortunately, printer companies always think of unrestricted use of their equipment (wait for live pics from HP) rather than control and cost reduction.  It is in their interest for more people to print as much as they want - This equals greater consumables usage = profit.

There is a product that claims to have secure and recorded network print traffic that I found on www.metrics.com  called PAS.  It is not free but it might offer a secure and accountable audit of usage.  This turns the problem of access to the problem of cost reallocation.

Hope this helps.
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by:duckers
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HemsleyJ should submit a somment the checkey bugger!
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