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    Printer monitoring

    Hey
    I dunno if this topic has been posted before but.. im looking for some free or cheap printer monitoring software that will tell me who printed to which printer at what time and how many pages the document was.
    Does anyone use them or know of any??
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    Re: Printer monitoring

    Linux box running Cups + Samba?

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    Re: Printer monitoring

    Have the windows print server use a syslog client to send its logs to a syslog server, then search the syslog files.
    http://www.phpwizardry.com/php-syslog-ng.php
    I have a python script that does weekly reports somewhere.
    Its a bit of a bodge, probably cups/samba is the best solution

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    Re: Printer monitoring

    Event viewer on the print server?

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    Re: Printer monitoring

    ye i thought about the event viewer but doesnt really give an accurate report

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    Re: Printer monitoring

    Interface isn't that good, but you can create basic filters. Everything is there - Date, Time, Username, Printer, document and page count.
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    Re: Printer monitoring

    Remember you can redirect event logs to a syslog server.

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    Re: Printer monitoring

    we use pcounter, this does all what you mentioned and added functionality such as deleting duplicate jobs sent. It also allows you to control printing by allocating credits by day, week month etc. What i find that is useful is the ability to charge more credits on the colour printers thus saving on toner costs. it comes with a selection of predefined rules aswell. Very handy!

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    thats what I mean't - redirect the eventvwr to syslog server then search.
    The phpsyslogng puts it all into a database then has a php frontend to do searches.

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    Re: Printer monitoring

    If you wish to switch to something like pccounter, check your printers are compatible. That's been a stumbling block here for a few schools.

    Alternatively look at the pykota addon system for CUPS. If CUPS understands your printer (highly likely) then you can use quotas/page counting/etc via pykota.

    www.pykota.com

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    Re: Printer monitoring

    As long as you're using network printers which support raw printing on Port 9100 or LPR, PCounter should work fine. It does with all of ours and we have a Minolta, several Jetdirect and several netgear printer servers.

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    Re: Printer monitoring

    Off the top of my head, it didn't understand our epson c1900. But I think it only supports ESC/P2.

    Works with CUPS though:

    http://www.linuxprinting.org/show_pr...AcuLaser_C1900

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    Re: Printer monitoring

    We use Print Manager Plus - not fantastic but does the job well enough that I haven't eyed up a replacement.

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    Re: Printer monitoring

    How much does Print Manager Plus/PC Counter cost?

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    Re: Printer monitoring

    Webman... you might wanna remove the name off that image... probably just me being over cautious though.

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