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What is printing after hours

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Is there a way to find out what printed on a printer after hours. We have two printers and someone is printing large reports or documents late at night and we want to be able to figure out what is printing to the printer.
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Question by:derojad
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Are the printers network attached or local?  Do the print queues reside on a server?  You can turn on logging to display what jobs have printed and the user name that did the printing.  I can provide more detail is this sounds like your situation.
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Some printers have built-in job logs. What model printer is this?

There is also software that will monitor and log all print jobs. See for example:
http://www.printaudit.com/
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Network attached. Single Print server. I need to learn how to turn on logging. ANy more info you need let me know.
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On the print server, go to "Printers and Faxes" in the control panel.  Then, in the File menu, select Server Properties.  Go to the Advanced tab and click the box next to "Log spooler information events".  You can also select log spooler warning and error events if they are not already selected by default.

From there, anytime a user prints to one of the queues on the server, the document info and username will appear in the event viewer of the server under the System log.  Just in case you're not sure where the event viewer is you can get to it by going to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, event viewer.  Look for entries that have Print in the Source column.  Hope that helps.
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You still have not told us what model printer we are talking about, so I don't know if your printer supports job logs.

However, everhost's solution may be all you need. It won't tell you how much was printed, but at least you'll know who and when. It will only work if you print via a server PC, not a "printserver", which is a small box to attach a non-networked printer to the network.
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Found the information by following the steps provided
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