Limiting printer access by number of pages in Windows.

Posted on 2007-10-10
Last Modified: 2010-04-12
I'm looking for a way to limit the amount of pages that can be printed in one job to local printers.

The company I work for is running a Windows 2003 domain with Windows XP desktops.  We are trying to reduce toner and maintenance costs by causing less printing to be done to desktop laser printers, and move larger print jobs to networked copiers.  I can't seem to find a way to do this in Windows manually.

Ideally a solution would automatically forward a print job to a network printer if it's over, say, 5 pages, but even a solution that pops up an error box saying "You cannot print this large of a print job to a local printer" would work too.
Question by:FALLAW
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    A third-party app such as Print Manager Plus:

    would probably be suitable - but I don;t have any personal experience of it.

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    AFAIK a "printer quota" will be available in Server 2008. Take a look at (found at
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    How about using the print management console feature in windows 2003 R2?

    using this, you can set up various kinds of filters to match your needs just like the one u stated above!
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