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Windows: Enabling Print Queue Logging

If you want to enable logging on their print queues to capture as much information about print activities on their server.  Configuring the logging options is actually quite an easy administrative task, but there are a couple of different ways to configure the options – through the GUI or through the registry.  First, the GUI method.  To configure the logging options, open the Printers applet on the server from within Control Panel.  Right click on a blank area of the window, select Server Properties and navigate to the Advanced tab.  On this tab, there are three checkboxes that you want to check:

  1. Log Spooler Error Events
  2. Log Spooler Warning Events
  3. Log Spooler Information Events

One caveat – if you are doing this on a Windows Server 2008 (or Windows Vista) machine, you do need to make sure that you use the “Run As Administrator” option to invoke Server Properties – otherwise you will not be able to modify the logging options.

Once you select the option using “Run As Administrator”, the check boxes are enabled.

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