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Is there a way to pinpoint who printed what on a windows 2012 print server? I know it used to be possible to do this in Server 2003 in Event Viewer but I can't find it anymore.


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You can turn on the setting to log events as well as save print jobs for you to look at. Go to Control Panel then admin and then print management--look in the print server section, right click on it and you will see option to turn on logging (see picture). Then depending on the printer you may have setting to save print jobs -- don't think all printers have this but I may be wrong.
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The server should log this in the System event log. If you have enabled it?
Right click on the server object in Print Management and select Properties. Go to the Advanced tab. The third checkbox down is "log spooler information events." When you enable this the  print jobs should now show in the system log.
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You can view this using event viewer, or you could put together a script that periodically scans the event log and summarises the relevant info.
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how to view log files for printing made by different users on LAN windows server 2003
Enable or disable logging of printing events/Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2
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