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    Monitoring network printing

    Hi folks

    Didn't know where to post this so have started new topic here.

    We had problems chasing about trying to find who printed 18 pages of something and who else printed whatever at times during the day.

    We discovered Papercut which logs all print jobs on the network and writes to a log that can be viewed and saved in a .csv etc. for later analysis.

    Guess what ................... it's brill and best of all it's free.

    Have a look @
    http://www.papercut.biz

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    Re: Monitoring network printing

    Quote Originally Posted by Trav
    and best of all it's free.
    ...for 5 or less users. It would have to be a *pretty* small school to fit in this category methinks...

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    Re: Monitoring network printing

    i started using papercut in the office for just 5 users (keeps it free)

    works very well so far. 2 new features i noticed are it monitors copies and how many trees you killed this week

    as for cost overall i havnt checked lately the costs of pcounter pharos etc but papercut does seem to be more than reasonable imo

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    Re: Monitoring network printing

    The basic 'print logger' version is free for unlimited users, but it will only monitor print jobs and won't limit them. See details here http://www.papercut.biz/products/fre.../print_logger/

    We've just brought the Papercut NG software for our site, at £457 for up to 2000 users, I still think it represents excellent value for money. It's a very good piece of software in my opinion.

    Mike.

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    Re: Monitoring network printing

    oh and the install process was very easy, having spent years playing with other print monitoring software papercut did seem to just install and work. Anything giving me 0 hassle gets my vote

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    Re: Monitoring network printing

    Trav: A forum search for papercut returned 24 matches.

    Print monitoring has been discussed many times.

    Thanks,

    Ben

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    Re: Monitoring network printing

    For keeping an eye on our print setup i use...


    1)
    NetSupport School 9 (new version) has excellent classroom/student level management of printers.

    2)
    http://www.splunk.com/
    SYSLOG SERVER: WOW i love this. Another great FREE (non pro version) Linux solution. ^ this should 100% be part of your network fabric and it runs well in a VM. (you can add syslog agents to you windows servers and log them as well)

    3)
    Printer job logging thats built into most good network printers.

    4)
    Printserver logfiles

    5)
    winsuite logs

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    Re: Monitoring network printing

    PrintManagerPlus from SoftwareShelf here.

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    Re: Monitoring network printing

    do the free/open source software options allow you to monitor user copies?

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    Re: Monitoring network printing

    @ Kearton ..for 5 or less users. It would have to be a *pretty* small school to fit in this category methinks...

    It's unlimited as a logger, if you want it to do more then you must pay... where's the problem with that statement Kearton

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    Re: Monitoring network printing

    I use PaperCut (the free one) in my schools. It does just the job. Create a spreadsheet with pivot tables to handle the data, then its just a matter of copy and paste each month to create the 'name and shame' graphs to stick on the staff room wall (the last bit is best doen when teachers are in class as all hell breaks loose when they come in for a break and see the figures! ' I did'nt print that!!!!! Oh yes you did and I've proof )

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    Re: Monitoring network printing

    Glad I came on here today- Papercut looks like just the tool I need...

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    Re: Monitoring network printing

    We use Print Manager Plus as well from Software shelf, we have just upgraded to the AD version as we were previously running on NT4. Before hand i considered my a guru on PMP, however since half of the team have been upgraded (More of a beta version in my opinion for BSF ) i haven't had a chance to play, and the new top dogs are really struggling to the point they say it's crap, however, i cannot comment as i cannot play yet! If only they'd ask my opinion!

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    Re: Monitoring network printing

    We use Papercut. Found it was very reasonably priced and compared to my previous experiances of PCounter, it was a doddle to set up. Also liked the fact you didnt have to change to proprietary printer ports like PCounter

    Really, really recommend it

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    Re: Monitoring network printing

    Quote Originally Posted by Trav
    @ Kearton ..for 5 or less users. It would have to be a *pretty* small school to fit in this category methinks...

    It's unlimited as a logger, if you want it to do more then you must pay... where's the problem with that statement Kearton
    Are you sure?

    PaperCut NG™ - Downloads
    This is a fully functional 40-day evaluation version of PaperCut NG. After using PaperCut NG for the defined trial period, you must purchase a license to unlock the program, or remove the evaluation version from your system(s).

    If you have less than five user accounts on your network domain, you may continue to use PaperCut NG free of charge after the trial period.

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