Printer Notifications

Ok, I've got some whining users that I just completed surgery on. Yep, removed large growths called netware protruding from their psychies and eating at their productivity. And now calmness and serenity becomes me......

They miss their printer pop-up notifications that used to inform them of oddities such as empty paper bins and low towner situations.

I guess you don't know what you've got til it's gone. and I'm almost sure nobody has realized that their print jobs are consistently PRINTING now. Maybe that's why the paper and toners are low all the time.... LOL!

Sooooooooo..... I was wondering if anyone had ever implemented broadcast messages from the print server in any form to notify of these situations. I've looked all over and found nothing on the subject. HoHum.
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CrazyOneCommented:
I don't know but I think you need to do more surgery, maybe on the brain, on these folks and wean them from there ways. LOL
PaulHiebAuthor Commented:
These words you speak are wise and foolish all at the same time. :)
CrazyOneCommented:
Yeah I know but brain surgery on uses does wonders for the admins :)
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PaulHiebAuthor Commented:
I found the VB to write out a little applet:

strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
    & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colPrinters = objWMIService. _
    ExecNotificationQuery("SELECT * FROM __instancemodificationevent " _
        & "WITHIN 30 WHERE TargetInstance ISA 'Win32_Printer'")
i = 0
Do While i = 0
    Set objPrinter = colPrinters.NextEvent
    If objPrinter.TargetInstance.PrinterStatus <> _
        objPrinter.PreviousInstance.PrinterStatus Then
        Select Case objPrinter.TargetInstance.PrinterStatus
            Case 1 strCurrentState = "Other"
            Case 2 strCurrentState = "Unknown"
            Case 3 strCurrentState = "Idle"
            Case 4 strCurrentState = "Printing"
            Case 5 strCurrentState = "Warming Up"
        End Select
        Select Case objPrinter.PreviousInstance.PrinterStatus
            Case 1 strPreviousState = "Other"
            Case 2 strPreviousState = "Unknown"
            Case 3 strPreviousState = "Idle"
            Case 4 strPreviousState = "Printing"
            Case 5 strPreviousState = "Warming Up"
        End Select
        Wscript.Echo objPrinter.TargetInstance.Name _
            &  " is " & strCurrentState _
                & ". The printer previously was " & strPreviousState & "."
    End If
Loop

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Even ported it to asp with some minor changes:

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<%
strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colInstalledPrinters =  objWMIService.ExecQuery ("SELECT * FROM Win32_Printer")
For Each objPrinter in colInstalledPrinters
    Response.Write("Name: " & objPrinter.Name & "<br>")
    Response.Write("Location: " & objPrinter.Location & "<br>")
    Select Case objPrinter.PrinterStatus
        Case 1
            strPrinterStatus = "Other"
        Case 2
            strPrinterStatus = "Unknown"
        Case 3
            strPrinterStatus = "Idle"
        Case 4
            strPrinterStatus = "Printing"
        Case 5
            strPrinterStatus = "Warmup"
    End Select
    Response.Write("Printer Status: " & strPrinterStatus & "<br>")
    Response.Write("Share Name: " & objPrinter.ShareName & "<br>")
    Response.Write("<hr>")
Next
%>
CrazyOneCommented:
Where did you find the script?
PaulHiebAuthor Commented:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/scriptcenter/scrguide/sas_prn_yope.asp

Lot's of cool ones on there, I even wrote one to add/remove printers out several different script samples, Here's what I ended up with in a .vbs, then just assigned each user's "Office" Field a value from AD users and computers of either Main or sales. Here's the VBscript:

On Error Resume Next

Set objNetwork = CreateObject("Wscript.Network")

strUserName = objNetwork.UserName

Set objUser = GetObject ("LDAP://cn=" & strUserName & ",ou=Users,dc=domain,dc=com")

' This is the Office Field of the Users account properties
If objUser("physicalDeliveryOfficeName") = "Sales" Then
      objNetwork.RemovePrinterConnection "\\srv1\Savin993"
      objNetwork.RemovePrinterConnection "\\srv2\MTSLJ4"
      objNetwork.RemovePrinterConnection "\\srv2\MTSLJ5"
      objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\srv1\sharedfax"
      objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\srv2\tektronix"
      objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\srv2\LJ5Sales"
      objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\srv2\lj4050pro"
      objNetwork.SetDefaultPrinter("\\srv2\LJ5Sales")

ElseIf objUser("physicalDeliveryOfficeName") = "Main" Then
      objNetwork.RemovePrinterConnection "\\srv2\MTSLJ4"
      objNetwork.RemovePrinterConnection "\\srv2\LJ5Sales"
      objNetwork.RemovePrinterConnection "\\srv2\lj4050pro"
      objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\srv1\sharedfax"
      objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\srv2\tektronix"
      objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\srv2\MTSLJ5"
      objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\srv1\Savin993"
      objNetwork.SetDefaultPrinter("\\srv2\MTSLJ5")

Else
   Wscript.Echo "User " & objNetwork.UserName & "not an office User. No Printers Mapped/Removed."
End If
NetminderCommented:
User resolved; points refunded and question closed.

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