JSI Tip 7305. The Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 Prnqctl utility.

When you use the Windows XP CMD help., or Windows Server 2003 CMD help, and press Prnqctl on the New command-line tools page, you see:

Prnqctl.vbs

Prints a test page, pauses or resumes a printer, and clears a printer queue. Used without parameters, prnqctl.vbs displays command-line help for the prnqctl.vbs command.

To pause printing

Syntax

cscript prnqctl.vbs -z \[-s RemoteComputer\]-p PrinterName \[-u UserName -w Password\]

Parameters

-z
Required. Specifies that you want to pause printing.
-s RemoteComputer
Specifies, by name, the remote computer to which the printer you want to pause is attached. If you do not specify a computer, the printer attached to the local computer is paused.
-p PrinterName
Required. Specifies, by name, the printer you want to pause.
-u UserName -w Password
Specifies an account with permissions to connect by using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) services to the computer that hosts the printer on which you want to pause printing. All members of the Administrators group for that computer have these permissions, but the permissions can also be granted to other users. If you do not specify an account, you must be logged on under an account with these permissions for the command to work. For more information about WMI, see Related Topics.
/?
Displays help at the command prompt.

Remarks

  • This command starts a script that is located in the systemroot\system32 directory. You must type this command at a command prompt with that directory as the current directory, or you must type the full path to that directory at the beginning of the cscript command.
  • If the information that you supply contains spaces, use quotation marks around the text (for example, "Computer Name").

Examples

To pause all printing on the printer named ColorPrinter_2 hosted on the remote computer named HRServer, type:

cscript prnqctl.vbs -z -s HRServer -p ColorPrinter_2

To resume printing

Syntax

cscript prnqctl.vbs -m \[-s RemoteComputer\]-p PrinterName \[-u UserName -w Password\]

Parameters

-m
Required. Specifies that you want to resume printing.
-s RemoteComputer
Specifies, by name, the remote computer to which the printer you want to resume is attached. If you do not specify a computer, the printer attached to the local computer is resumed.
-p PrinterName
Required. Specifies, by name, the printer on which you want to resume printing.
-u UserName -w Password
Specifies an account with permissions to connect by using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) services to the computer that manages the printer on which you want to resume printing. All members of the Administrators group for that computer have these permissions, but the permissions can also be granted to other users. If you do not specify an account, you must be logged on under an account with these permissions for the command to work. For more information about WMI, see Related Topics.
/?
Displays help at the command prompt.

Remarks

  • This command starts a script that is located in the systemroot\system32 directory. You must type this command at a command prompt with that directory as the current directory, or you must type the full path to that directory at the beginning of the cscript command.
  • If the information that you supply contains spaces, use quotation marks around the text (for example, "Computer Name").

Examples

To resume all printing on the printer named ColorPrinter_2 hosted on the remote computer named HRServer, type:

cscript prnqctl.vbs -m -s HRServer -p ColorPrinter_2

To print a test page

Syntax

cscript prnqctl.vbs -e \[-s RemoteComputer\]-p PrinterName \[-u UserName -w Password\]

Parameters

-e
Required. Specifies that you want to print a test page.
-s RemoteComputer
Specifies, by name, the remote computer to which the printer on which you want to print a test page is attached. If you do not specify a computer, the local computer is used.
-p PrinterName
Required. Specifies, by name, the printer on which you want to print a test page.
-u UserName -w Password
Specifies an account with permissions to connect by using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) services to the computer that manages the printer on which you want to print a test page. All members of the Administrators group for that computer have these permissions, but the permissions can also be granted to other users. If you do not specify an account, you must be logged on under an account with these permissions for the command to work. For more information about WMI, see Related Topics.
/?
Displays help at the command prompt.

Remarks

  • This command starts a script that is located in the systemroot\system32 directory. You must type this command at a command prompt with that directory as the current directory, or you must type the full path to that directory at the beginning of the cscript command.
  • If the information that you supply contains spaces, use quotation marks around the text (for example, "Computer Name").

To cancel all jobs spooled to a printer

Syntax

cscript prnqctl.vbs -x \[-s RemoteComputer\] -p PrinterName \[-u UserName -w Password\]

Parameters

-x
Required. Specifies that you want to cancel all jobs spooled to a printer.
-s RemoteComputer
Specifies, by name, the remote computer to which the printer for which you want to cancel all jobs is attached. If you do not specify a computer, the local computer is used.
-p PrinterName
Required. Specifies, by name, the printer for which you want to cancel all print jobs.
-u UserName -w Password
Specifies an account with permissions to connect by using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) services to the computer on which you want to cancel all print jobs. All members of the Administrators group for that computer have these permissions, but the permissions can also be granted to other users. If you do not specify an account, you must be logged on under an account with these permissions for the command to work. For more information about WMI, see Related Topics.
/?
Displays help at the command prompt.

Remarks

  • This command starts a script that is located in the systemroot\system32 directory. You must type this command at a command prompt with that directory as the current directory, or you must type the full path to that directory at the beginning of the cscript command.
  • If the information that you supply contains spaces, use quotation marks around the text (for example, "Computer Name").



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