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Temporarily "lock out" other users from printer

mjordan22
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Hi,

I've got a Windows 2003 DC that's providing print services for the domain.  One of my users wants to be able to "lock out" other users from the networked printer that she uses to print checks (she has to change toner and load paper).  Is there any way to temporarily block other users from printing?  For this to work, the solution would have to be manageable by the end user.  I don't think setting print priority would help since what we really want to be able to do is to prevent other jobs from entering the queue during the time that she walks to the printer, adds the check stock and changes the toner and then walks back to her desk to start the check run.

Thanks,

Mike
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Hi mjordan22,

if you right click on the printer and select pause printing this should temporarily queue all jobs until the person says resume..

just make sure you give the user enough privileges to do this

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Let's say I set her priority higher than everyone else.   If she pauses the printer, then goes and changes toner/paper/etc, comes back and there are jobs in the queue, if she prints her job, then hits the resume print, will her job print first?

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if you set her priorities correctly then i assume so, i havent played with printer priorities enough to comment but i would hope thats they way it works otherwise theres something wrong with the priorty system!!!
Let's say I set her priority higher than everyone else.   If she pauses the printer, then goes and changes toner/paper/etc, comes back and there are jobs in the queue, if she prints her job, then hits the resume print, will her job print first?
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Theoretically....Yes.
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Thankyou

and thanks for the confirmation cleaner

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So to sum up, I created a new printer object called "check printer."  I changed the original printer objects' priority to 10 and left "check printer" set at 1.  When the user wants to print checks, she can pause the original printer, print to "check printer" then resume the other printer.  Seems to be working.
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excellent! all the best mate
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