Managing Network Printers

Posted on 2002-05-21
Last Modified: 2010-04-12
I need to know who(by the user name or PC number) prints to the network printer and how many paper does he/she prints??
I would like also to know if I can make a limted number of copies for each user which he/she can not exceed?
Question by:Rudaina

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Assuming that you are using WinNT or Win2k, you can open the printers window (start-settings-printers) and then select file-server properties. Once in this view, select advanced.
Once here, you can check the box for "log spooler information events". This will force a log entry every time a user prints to a network printer. The problem with this is that it will start filling up your log files in a hurry. Also, this won't allow you to limit the number of pages a user can print.
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You can add to that a program (written in Access or VB) which will import those log files and then compare the total to a preset limit.  You will still have to manually restrict printing rights, though.
Of course, the biggest question is WHY?  If you really want to make the higher-ups mad and risk losing your job, tell the CEO of your company that he/she has exceeded their monthly page printing count.

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We are in an educatoinal instiute and the restrictions I need to make are for students and Non-Senior staff members
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sharjeel ashraf earned 50 total points
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the easiet way is to buy a third praty application, this will allow for tighter control of printers, and the number of prints the user do.
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