We recently had to inforce a print auditing system at our school. We chose Pcounter and it does work on both Macs & PC’s. We have a Windows 2003 Server hosting the printers and the Pcounter server app lives there. This tutorial will focus on the clients configuration in an OD & AD environment.
- Install the Pcounter client on your workstation. Opt+Dbl Click to see the configuration options. Manually enter your Pcounter server address.
- Use ARD to distribute this app to your clients.
- Install ksmbprintd so your users network credentials are passed seamlessly along with their print job.
- Setup the printer on your machine properly. I setup the printer through the Print & Fax app in System Preferences. After that, I modify the printer in cups by going to http://localhost:631
- Find the printer your client machines are going to use and click the Modify Printer button.
- You need to make sure the printer address looks similar to this.
Make sure it’s ksmb and I also remove any port configs and enter the FQDN.
- Open Workgroup Manager and add your newly configured printer to the group who needs it.
- Make the workstations open Pcounter on login.
Now when a user logs in using their network credentials, Pcounter should launch. When they print, they’ll get a confirmation telling them how much Pcounter is charging them to print. This is working flawlessly so far on our campus.