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Printing auditing - Using the event logs

Posted on 2008-06-19
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Hi there,

I have a print server where our network printers are located. At the moment i want to audit a Colour printer to see who prints to it. Is there an easy way to archive this  ?

The way i have it set up at the moment is to set auditing security on the printer and then check the security logs..this is not giving me the correct info!

Is there a way of filtering the "system" logs for print jobs sent (event id 10) to a specific printer ?

Thanks in advance.. also is there any free software out there to help?

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If the printer is networked (with its own NIC), you can download HP's WebJetAdmin or Xerox' CentreWare Web. I prefer the latter because it is easier to use and has a cleaner interface; however it requires a PC with at least 1GB and the latest version of XP or 2003. Both of these packages will find the printers on your network, and tell you how many pages are printed, but but not who does the printing.

Most networked Xerox printers have built-in job logs that tell you everyting about the print jobs, including user and file names, and even how much toner was used.

If your printer is not networked then I don't know of any free software that will successfully log the jobs. Some paid packages like PrintAudit claim to do it, but I've yet to see a demonstration. I have tried FMAudit, and it did not do it successfully.
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