Password Protect Printers

David Jordan david at
Mon Mar 12 14:48:32 GMT 2001

I have a situation where I have an intranet of Win98 machines connected to a
Linux server within a training environment. The linux server is there to
simulate the internet, allowing emails & some web content to be viewed
without any real internet connection. I have Samba 2.0.5 (Definite Linux 7 -
RedHat 6.2 derivative) set up on the linux server and am trying to share a
couple of Epson 660 colour printers.
No problem setting up and sharing the printers for all to see & use, but now
I have to try and figure out a way of restricting their usage - too many
students are printing too much garbage & wasting too much etc etc etc :-)
I have tried setting up samba to be the PDC & force the clients to log into
the domain, which gets round security issues - but then I either have people
allowed to access the printer(s) or not ... what I desire is to allow people
to print to the printer queue, then selectively remove the garbage from the
queue before allowing a job or two through - like big brother watching who
is printing what :-)
Any help would be appreciated before I go off and start writing a cgi
program to manage the queue remotely ... please remember that tutors do not
always know how to use computers - they just teach others how to - lol

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