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    Printer queue control for teachers

    Is there a way to allow teachers to delete jobs and pause printing without also giving them the ability to change drivers,ports etc.

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    Re: Printer queue control for teachers

    What about writing some VBS scripts to do it from a shortcut? That way you don't have to worry about them getting lost in printer dialogs.

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    Re: Printer queue control for teachers

    Yeah, I hadn't thought of that.

    But woudln't I still need to give them the same permissions so that the script will work?

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    Re: Printer queue control for teachers

    Well you could use userimpersonation in the script. But really its just security through obscurity. I'm afraid permissions on printers aren't very fine grained. It's all or nothing.

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    Re: Printer queue control for teachers

    Damn. I hoped you weren't going to say that.

    Actually AdminScripEditor isn't meant to allow the creating of encrypted script excutables from VBS, BAT and KIX sources. It's then possible to runas impersonation.

    I may give it a go when I can cobble together the £50 per seat license

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    Re: Printer queue control for teachers

    £50 per seat gah!! If you look around most of these programs that claim to turn scripts into exe files are just some fancy self extracting archive and you can find your script in plaintext in the temp folder or similar location.

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    Re: Printer queue control for teachers

    per seat with activation

    ASE's particular boast is that it encrypts the resulting excutable so that it's safe to put admin passwords your script.

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    Re: Printer queue control for teachers

    does the Security tab in the printer properties not allow you to set permissions for cancelling jobs etc?

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    Re: Printer queue control for teachers

    Yeah but to allow printer pausing you need to allow them to manage the printer not just the jobs. This means that non-techs can change drivers, ports and generally cause merry mayhem

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    Re: Printer queue control for teachers

    It is a pain but I think Geoff's idea is probably the best as you will be at least keeping them away from accidental reconfigurations. If someone does want to change something there isnt much you can do though.
    Another option would be to use the IPP printing web interface which will keep them away from the driver screens and other such things.

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    Re: Printer queue control for teachers

    Quote Originally Posted by NetworkGeezer
    Yeah but to allow printer pausing you need to allow them to manage the printer not just the jobs. This means that non-techs can change drivers, ports and generally cause merry mayhem
    You can get round that in VBS scripting. Iliterate through all the pending/printing jobs on the print queue and pause each job individually. The effect is the same but there's no need for printer management permissions.

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    Re: Printer queue control for teachers

    Interesting ...tell me more.



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