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audit logs of jobs sent on printers

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does anyone know if hp laserjet printers have any sort of audit log of what jobs were sent to the printer by whom.

And aside from pulling the drive out the device and taking a forensics copy for analysis, how this log would be accessed (management console of sorts?) over the network? I have no experience managing such devices.

for info it is a hp laserjet 11/11/2016 and is installed on a windows server
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Hi,

Windows Server 2008 has the functionality to monitor print jobs, they are just turned of by default.

Diagnostics -> Event Viewer -> Applications and Service Logs -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Print Service -> Operational -> Enable log

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh125919(WS.10).aspx
http://windowsitpro.com/windows/how-do-i-enable-print-auditing
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The above will enable auditing printing job and be recorded in the event viewer. In order to get the printing audit out to a spreadsheet, you can use the script from MS gallery below

https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Script-to-generate-print-84bdcf69

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The HP printers itself, do not store log of printing jobs. Hence typically 2 ways that you can get a job log is to either (a) connect all users to the printer via a server. However the server will not know how many pages there are in each job, Or (b) invest in some print monitoring software. Some of these packages will count pages in the print job. You may want to explore if the printer can send syslog of its job list

Most go for (a) hence the windows event viewer as shared by experts can help, see this also for other server.
(new)http://www.papercut.com/kb/Main/LogPrintJobsInEventViewer
(old)http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles-tutorials/windows-2003/Securing-Printer-Usage-Windows-Server-2003-Part3.html

You may be interested in the print logging software.
for Windows systems designed to provide real-time activity logs detailing all printer use. Information tracked includes:
the time of print,
the name of the user who printed,
the total number of pages,
document names and titles,
other print job attributes such as paper size, color mode and more.

Print audit logs are available in a viewer friendly HTML format, or in CSV or Excel format for advanced users needing the data for further analysis.
http://www.papercut.com/products/free-software/print-logger/
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As per advices
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