[K12OSN] printing quotas...I need a solution

Petre Scheie petre at maltzen.net
Wed Jan 5 22:39:34 UTC 2005

Your best route might be to have your ltsp server or an old box running linux 
act as a print server for all computer systems, and then control the printing at 
the print server through samba.  But getting quotas (usually it's called printer 
accounting) to work the way you want may be tricky.  Google for 'printer 
accounting samba'.  One good link I saw (good in that it explained the 
difficulty) was 


David Trask wrote:
> I know this has been tossed around before so pardon me for bringing it up
> again, but I need help.  My printing situation is out of control...I need
> a solution not only for K12LTSP, but for the entire network...Windows, OS
> X, and K12LTSP.  All of my printers are networked and we print via TCP/IP.
>  I have a couple of Xerox Phaser 860DX's (color printers) and a bunch of
> Ricoh AP3200's (nice workhorse laser printers).  All have built-in network
> cards and they work great...my problem is that printing is on the rise and
> spiraling out of control.  I'm at the point where I need to enforce quotas
> per user.  An open-source or at least an inexpensive Linux solution is
> preferred, but I'm open to almost anything.  Right now we print directly
> to the printers with each printer as its own print server, but I'm open to
> using CUPS or capturing printers with a server.  I've glanced at the
> PyKota page and it looks a little daunting, but maybe some of you can tell
> me otherwise.  I'm wide open to ideas....  It'd also be great if whatever
> solution I end up with can integrate with my Samba/LDAP setup so I can
> continue to use the "common" user regardless of server or program ie:  if
> my username is jsmith and my password is booger on my current setup
> (K12LTSP, Windows, etc.)...then I'd like to be able to have the same thing
> for the printing solution as well....have the printing solution
> authenticate to the Samba/LDAP server.  This is not a MUST...just a
> desire.  Fire away!  Thanks!
> David N. Trask
> Technology Teacher/Coordinator
> Vassalboro Community School
> dtrask at vcs.u52.k12.me.us
> (207)923-3100
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