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  • Print Server Jobs Archiving

    Hi,

    My questions are related to print server job archiving related.


    Example case: "A user printed document sucessfully, user lost the original file. He needs a copy.

    Currently as per normal usage I use "Keep Printed Documents" easily. I select the job and select Restart the job and give user a copy of the documents.


    I need help to solve the following questions

    1. Is there any method that can be used to archive print jobs in a separate folder?

    2. Is there any open source/freeware third party tool for Print jobs archiving.

    3 . If i backup/copy the contents of \windows\system32\spool\printers\*.* to another folder which files are users print jobs?

    Thanks

    Shahbaz

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    Re: Print Server Jobs Archiving

    Please bear in mind that print jobs can be quite large and will only relate to a specific model of printer, so using them to replace lost documents is, at best, problematic. Normal behavour is to treat the print spool as temporary and it would be difficult to get it to do anything else except possibly set printers as "print to file" and then copy the file to the print device.

    IMHO you need to look at the other end -- where and how users save their files -- and make sure they do not get lost. To help you, there are backups and shadow copies.

    In many years of network admin, I have never come across anyone trying to recover data by extracting it from the print files!
    Tom Jones
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    • #3
      Re: Print Server Jobs Archiving

      Thank you Sir,

      Keeping in view you advice and reading artical on microsoft site /kb/264662.
      These are left over files and can not be used with any other application directly. Only Windows Print service etc. can use them.

      Regards
      Shahbaz

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      • #4
        Re: Print Server Jobs Archiving

        Can't the user simply reprint the document?
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        • #5
          Re: Print Server Jobs Archiving

          Apparently they lose the word files (at least thats how I read the OP )
          Tom Jones
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            Re: Print Server Jobs Archiving

            That's where I was a bit of afraid for.
            There you've network shares backups etc for....
            Marcel
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            • #7
              Re: Print Server Jobs Archiving

              Originally posted by Dumber View Post
              There you've network shares backups etc for....
              ... and (l)users
              Tom Jones
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