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Is there a way to setup a printer to print a separator page, only have it print the IP address of the PC that printed it. The printer is installed on a server, and we would like to know who printed what based on the IP since there there is a general login.
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by:laguayoiii
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That sounds like a third party custom software, something like (http://www.amtsoftware.com/Print-Manager-Plus/)
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by:philtukey
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So windows will not do it? I know you have it print a separator page with your username, but if more than one person is using a generic username then that is where the problem comes in. We would like to have windows somehow, print a separator page that includes the IP address of the PC that it printing from. Very similar to CUPS in Linux.
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jgbreeden earned 500 total points
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You can define your own separator page, which I think is stored on each workstation individually.  The separator page syntax does not have an IP command, but it can send plain text so you can create the file manually for each workstation.  This is the sep page syntax:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/131714

I think all you would need is the /L with the IP address manually entered after that.
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by:hdhondt
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Another thing you can do is to run a batch file on power-up, to write the IP address into a file. Then add that file to the separator page, using the syntax

\Fpathname

That will avoid issues if the PC receives a different DHCP address from time to time. The IP address can be obtained with the DOS command

ipconfig | find "IP Address" > filename
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by:jrtec
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This has nothing to do with configuring a separator page.
(Dont forget that a separator page will an aditional cost, especially if you do a lot jobs with few pages. An extra page for each print job)

Here is a diferent aproach.
Try this free program that you will find at: http://www.papercut.com/products/free_software/print_logger/
It will not give you the IP adress, but will give you the client name
It will also give several other informations like the user name, but that like you said is not helpfull since you are using a general login
Here is the information that it will give you:
Time
User
Pages
Copies
Printer
Document
Name
Client
Paper
Size
Page
Width
Page
Height
Duplex
Grayscale
Language
Size
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by:jrtec
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Forgot to say.
Since the printer is shared on the server, you have to install it on the server
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by:philtukey
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That worked just need to make sure all PC's have a static IP so that the separator page IP never changes. Thanks for your help
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