How do I apply printer filters based on group membership?
PaperCut applies filters and costs on a per printer basis. PaperCut NG offers the option to apply filters to restricted users or Groups that have been added to PaperCut, or a combination of the two. For more information on adding Groups to PaperCut, see this section of our manual: https://www.papercut.com/products/ng/manual/applicationserver/topics/user-groups.html
Some organization may wish to apply filters to printers that apply to a selected group or groups of users and not to others. PaperCut NG will introduce group based filter option in an up coming release. In the meantime there are two methods to implement different levels of printer access:
Scenario A: Restricted vs. Unrestricted users
A school would like to apply a filter on printers so students are limited to a maximum document size of 30 pages. This will prevent one student from holding up the print queue for an extended period of time. They would however like staff members access to unlimited pages on the same printer.
In this school, the staff member’s accounts are set to Unrestricted. By Enabling the option
Only apply filters to restricted users the filter rules will not be applied to staff.
Scenario B: Group based control
A school has recently purchased a new high-end color laser printer. They would like to allow senior students to print in full color, while other students should be limited to black and white only.
This can be accomplished within the PaperCut admin console using the following method:
- Select the Printer you would like to apply the filter to from the Printers tab. In this example, it would be the new high-end color laser printer. Now select the Filters & Restrictions tab.
- Set the filter you would like by checking the box next to the corresponding option. In this case, we’ll check the box next to Groups With Color Access.
- A box containing the groups in PaperCut will open. Select the Senior Students group from the list of groups, then click Apply at the bottom of the page.
With this setup, only senior students have access full color printing.
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