OS X Print Management Part II

Quick upate on print auditing and management of OS X machines…

We were happy to see there was a tool for print management built into the printer server software on Xserves. We were pleased that we even have an Xserve with the software avaialbe. We were displeased when we read the support forums at Apple and found that other tech types at schools had pulled their hair out trying to get it to work, and failed. Makes one wonder why the feature is even there and advertised. Noted one injured party– “There hasn’t been a stable print server for Macs since OS 9.”

We were happy to find a client-based solution from a company called PrintAudit that worked nearly the same on both PCs and Macs. We were displeased to find out that even the non-profit pricing structure per seat was quite a bit beyond our reach financially.

So, we wander back to PCounter. We’ll run a full test this afternoon and see how challenging it is for OS X users– I have heard of mixed platform schools that standardized on it and survived.

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