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Restricting Network Printing

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by TriedandTested, 23 Jan 2006.

  1. TriedandTested

    Capodecina

    Joined: 11 Jul 2004

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    Location: Neptune

    Does anything exist that would allow me to restrict users to printing in mono unless they enter a password? I work in a school, and as you can imagine all sorts of crap is being printed off..simply because they can! I'm new to this game and was hoping someone here could suggest a product for me to look in to?

    I started less than two months ago, and oddly they have an OKI printer in the school ICT room...for those that don't know these are very expensive and very high maintance printers...and probably more suited to a printer company than for kids! The new printer i'm looking in to getting to replace this OKI (and to put the restrictions on) is the Epson Aculaser c2600n.

    Thanks
     
  2. Skilldibop

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Sep 2005

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    Location: London

    yes, if you set the printer to default to mono, then you should need to be an administrator to adjust printer properties. If this isn't the case i'm sure you can do it in GPedit.msc
     
  3. TriedandTested

    Capodecina

    Joined: 11 Jul 2004

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    Location: Neptune

    That's an idea, but not very practical. I would ideally like the class teachers to have the password (not admin details) to allow someone to print off in colour etc rather than me having to.
     
  4. Skilldibop

    Wise Guy

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    i'm sure you can set it on the printer that it allows levels access to different User groups on a domain. (if the printer is server shared, local IP printers wont work like this)
     
  5. DustyMiller

    Wise Guy

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    Ok then how about all teachers are in one security group, students in a second
    Teachers secuity group has manage printer rights to the printer, students dont. then set the printer to default to black and white, and the students cannot change it. the teachers group can, but it will still default to black and white unless a teacher changes it.

    Or buy a second printer B&W only. Let the students use it, unless they have to print in colour, and then add them to the OKI printer group
     
  6. Skilldibop

    Wise Guy

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    Which is exactly what i said :p
     
  7. TriedandTested

    Capodecina

    Joined: 11 Jul 2004

    Posts: 15,396

    Location: Neptune

    Good stuff. I'm liking this. And thanks.

    With what you said, if a student was logged in and went to print something in colour would windows actually prompt for a teacher's login details or would the student need to log off and then the teacher log back in?

    After looking around found this:
    http://www.sunbelt-software.com/printmanagerplus.cfm

    Looks quite useful dont you think?
     
  8. Skilldibop

    Wise Guy

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    hmm you could always do the old skool (excuse the pun) thing of setting print balances. you have set credit updated regularly (eg half termly) and each time you print the balance goes down. What they did at my old school cos they used inkjet printers and the ink ran out every 5 mins. They made b/w cost 10p credit and colour 50p then put it up to £1. That way you won't get people using the colour printer excessively, which is what you want i assume.
     
  9. Amoeba

    Wise Guy

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    I used to use something called 'PCounter' I think this could limit users to print off on only certain printers etc.. not too sure though. Also I don't think it's free software.
     
  10. pax

    Hitman

    Joined: 1 Jan 2003

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    You could have the printer installed twice. On it you default to B&W and the students have access to it. Through security settings you only let them print to it. The printer is installed again, under a different name, and has access to the colour printing and assign that to the staff group, so they can print B&W or colour.

    Pax
     
  11. Otacon

    Capodecina

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    That's what I was going to suggest Pax, but it doesn't allow for any 'one off' colour printing by the students, which is a requirement.