How can i audit the no. of pages printed by any particular user on an NT network?

A. If you only need basic information for NT-based workstations, you can extract this from the print server's event log. The event log will record each job, including the page count. However, the page count is always 0 for Win98, Win95, Win3.x and non-Windows workstations, as well as for print jobs from console or MS-DOS applications -- and it does not take into account the number of copies requested by the user.

To enable the auditing of prints perform the following:

  1. Start the Printers Start menu options (Start - Settings - Printers)
  2. From the File menu select "Server Properties"
  3. Click the Advanced tab
  4. Check the "Log spooler information events" box and click OK
  5. You will need to restart the server for the auditing to start (or stop and start the print spool service)

Once auditing is enabled they can be viewed using the Event Viewer application, System Log. To view only print logs select "Filter Events" from the view menu and set the Source to Print. Each print job will be logged with its size in bytes and number of pages.

If you need to have accurate page counts, you will need to purchase a third-party package for monitoring and managing the printing activities. One such package is Printer Accounting Server from Software Metrics (; it works with a wide variety of printer types and network connections to accurately track the printing.

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