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    print spooler cleaner util ?

    Think there was a post on edugeek a while back where someone posted a utility to delete / clean the print spooler / drivers

    where is that thread as I cant find it

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    The tool you want is called Cleanspl.exe and is in the W2k3 Server resource kit.

    Download details: Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools

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    does that delete the printer drivers or what exactly does that utility do ?

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    It'll ask you before it nukes anything. So it's up to you.

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    I put this on the Admin Bar:

    http://firmusitsolutions.com/adminbar177b.zip

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    I used it the other week on a network which had many, many, many, many old printers which no longer existed and were installed using a script method.

    It basically stops the spooler service (on the target machine), deletes any printers and their associated registry entries, then requests a reboot (optional). It'll delete network printers and local printers installed on that machine once a reboot is complete.

    I haven't used it on a real print server such as Windows Server (and I would advise against it), but for workstations it's great Very handy utility.

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    Is there a similar utility for Vista?

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    Is there a similar utility for Vista?
    Wouldn't surprise me if it's already included in 2008 Server by default. You probably just need to enable/switch it on. Alternatively you could try installing it on an XP machine, as it does work across a network. I can't imagine the spooler on Vista being drastically different to that of XP as it's role is relatively basic. I think you need to "suck it and see" as I don't have a Vista machine to try it on

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    Cleanspl.exe works for Vista too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    Cleanspl.exe works for Vista too.
    I know its an exe that will only work at least on xp / vista ( windows enviroments ) just curious is there something similiar for OS X ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Think there was a post on edugeek a while back where someone posted a utility to delete / clean the print spooler / drivers

    where is that thread as I cant find it
    is this what you're after? I'm sure I got this script from edugeek a few years back! Works a treat, but it is only for cleaning the spooler, not drivers...

    echo Printers - Shutting down the print spooler
    net stop "pcounter printer control"
    net stop "print spooler"
    echo Printers - Deleting print queues
    del c:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\PRINTERS\*.* /q

    net start "print spooler"
    net start "pcounter printer control"
    echo Printers - Print spooler Started

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    I know its an exe that will only work at least on xp / vista ( windows enviroments ) just curious is there something similiar for OS X ?
    OS X uses CUPS as it's printing system, which is an entirely different kettle of fish. As such, it has a built in command to delete the spooled jobs.

    cancel(1) - Documentation - CUPS

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