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I received a malicious letter from someone in my office (headed stationery) and I wish to identify which computer it was printed from. As it was a short letter and was unlikely to be saved, I want to know if it is possible to trace it via the print server.
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The default configuration of a Windows Server is that it will log all Print jobs which are printed through the server. You would need to look in the Event Viewer at the System log, filtering by events with source 'Print'.

You cannot see which computer the print was initiated from, but you can see the user who initiated it and the content of the log allows you to identify the particular printer which the logged print job was sent to. Using this information, you can look for matching event logs between the date/times around when the print job was sent.

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