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JimmyD
10-01-2009, 2:07 PM
Hello, I'm wondering if any of you have opinions on software that could track print jobs for a network printer. I'd like to be able to audit individual users for excessive printing. We also like to track individual users on our semi-public computer lounge who are all logged in on the default guest account (can't use the windows user name). A secondary objective would be to route print jobs automatically to the least busiest printer. I have found some software that will do this (print manager plus), but I'm looking if someone else has experience setting up stuff like this.

locosway
10-04-2009, 8:01 PM
Windows? No idea...

elrcastor
10-04-2009, 8:17 PM
at the college i work at we use goprint (http://www.goprint.com/) in our computer labs for print management.

BB63Squid
10-04-2009, 9:32 PM
Sound like you are skirting the edge of S/W print serve management. Might be time to consider going with a print server on a simple W2K3 platform.

ocabj
10-05-2009, 12:12 AM
We use Samba for print serving. But then we use shell and Perl scripts to handle the accounting management (i.e. print quotas) on top of Samba.

Macadelic4
10-05-2009, 2:56 PM
We use Samba for print serving. But then we use shell and Perl scripts to handle the accounting management (i.e. print quotas) on top of Samba.

This is a decent solution if you are comfortable with a bit of Linux config, OP. +1.

ocabj
10-05-2009, 3:04 PM
This is a decent solution if you are comfortable with a bit of Linux config, OP. +1.

It's actually pretty tough. Setting up Samba to share printers is easy. To do actual print quotas and print accounting is a total pain because it's all custom DIY scripting.

patman
10-05-2009, 7:11 PM
Linux makes it so much easier to do printer accounting than pre 1991 it's astounding. SysV and BSD worked decently way back then with lp/lpr for printing from a unix account. The problem I found was that SAMBA was a pain to compile and use with DOS, so combining the two was a nightmare.

Today we have easy Linux and mature SAMBA. Combine that with Google and we get: ;)
CUPS printing (http://www.linuxprinting.org/~till/printing-tutorial/tut.html#1_3_3)

and more specifically:
PyKota (http://www.pykota.com/) "PyKota is one of the most advanced Free Software dedicated to print accounting and print quota enforcement."


Ok, so we have Guido and his followers helping a whole lot also....

-> it's even more fun when you work with printers that have built in job control!
...

This is a decent solution if you are comfortable with a bit of Linux config, OP. +1.

JimmyD
10-06-2009, 9:00 AM
Thanks for all the help guys :) I'm looking into all suggestions