Windows 2012 server audting a printer

Posted on 2014-08-15
Last Modified: 2014-08-28
I have a color printer in windows 2012 that is printing documents unexpectedly.

Staff will walk in the am and find a 70 page document on the color printer.  Asking around, nobody has printed the document.  I looked the printer queues of several suspect computers and nothing is jammed up.  I looked at printer queue on the server and there is nothing in there.

I would like to setup auditing  on the printer to see who is printing to it, but the articles I ran across do not have good information on it.

Thanks very much in advance,

Question by:RickArnold
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    Open Print manager and navigate to your printer.  Select properties >Security>Advanced.Auditing
    Select Who you want to audit and select Print.  This will show in the Security log
    WARNING .. this will only capture if they print via the shared printer on the server.

    Depending on your make and model of printer ... you should have a Web Interface.  If you do you can check the logs on the printer itself.

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    the issue went away when I shutdown the printer and brought it back up.  I think the job was stuck in memory somehow.


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    When I did not see any thing in the audit that would point to a user I did a shut down and a restart on the printer

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