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Configuring/finding a print preprocessor to add a standard footer.

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Our school network has 250 clients mainly NT with a few 98 machines and 5 servers. One of which handles the network printers. We have a problem with students sending multiple page jobs to the printer. It would be handy to
have a footer on each page listing the username of the person printing and the machine it was printed from.

How could we set this up?
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by:hewittg
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Are you using novell to login.  You can set this in the novell properties.  Also within the printer properties this may be set.  Give feedback on network OS and printer you are using.

Thanks

Glenn
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it's a NT4 domain, login is done through an NT4 server.  no novell machines on the network.  the printer is a HP laser, not sure of model #
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by:DRRYAN3
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I think that under NT the Separator Page is about as close as you are going to get.  You will be able to print a page with user information on it which precedes the print job.  You may even be able to setup some PCL (Printer Control Language) code to put a footer on some pages, but the first application to come along with a printer reset code will wipe that out.

See these Microsoft Knowledge Base articles:

How to Create Custom Separator Page Files
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q102/7/12.asp

Custom PCL Separator File Example
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q131/7/14.asp

Creating a PCL Separator File that Produces No Output
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q140/0/45.asp

You access the separator page settings by going to the printer properties on the NT server acting as the print server for the printer.

Good luck
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by:karxarias
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yeah a separator page would be the best bet but they are cheap and don't want to waste money on paper
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Paper:

$2.99 per ream, 500 sheets per ream, $0.00598 (1/20 of one cent) per page.

Consultant (me):

$150 per hour,  Time spent finding 3 MS KB articles: 7 minutes, Cost so far (if you were my customer): $17.50

$17.50 will buy about 5.85 reams of paper (2,926 pages).

Have your organization decide how to proceed.  That's how I would rationalize the decision.
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by:Richard-Best
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If you go into the properties of the printer. There is a button for seperator page. You can then either select a default seperator page or make one up yourself. The default one does however give username etc.
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by:karxarias
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sorry i wasn't specific enuff in the question.  but we want this to be done without a seperator page as it is a waste of paper and schools are really tight with their money
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