How to log print jobs in the Windows Event Viewer

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June 03, 2015, at 10:25 PM by josh - Added Windows 2012 instructions
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(:title How to log print jobs in the Windows 2008 Event Viewer:)

By default print jobs on Windows 2008 Server and R2 are not logged in the Windows Event Viewer. It can sometimes be useful to enable this to assist with troubleshooting printing/driver related problems.
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(:title How to log print jobs in the Windows Event Viewer:)

By default, print jobs on Windows Server are not logged in the Windows Event Viewer, but can be extremely helpful when trying to troubleshoot issues that rely on tracing a job from the start to finish of it's print trip! It can also be useful to assist with troubleshooting printing/driver related problems.

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@@Start -> Administration Tools -> Event Viewer -> Applications and Service Logs -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Print Service -> Operational@@
Right click and select @@Enable log@@
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@@Start -> Server Manager -> Tools -> Event Viewer@@.

From here, you will want to expand @@Applications and
Service Logs@@, then go to @@Microsoft -> Windows -> Print Service -> Operational@@. Then, right click and select @@Enable log@@
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!! Windows 2008
To enable this option go to:
@@Start -> Administration Tools -> Event Viewer -> Applications and Service Logs -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Print Service -> Operational@@
Right click and select @@Enable log@@

You may want to right click @@Operational@@ again create a custom view for the print jobs. We suggest you enable all the different information to be logged.

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!! I've enabled this on Windows 2008 R2 but see no increase in logging?

This is more than likely due to a `HotFix from Microsoft needing to be installed.

'''Microsoft KB article''': [[http://support.microsoft.com/kb/979241|979241]]

This KB article is described as: ''No event is added to the System log or to an operational channel when a print job is canceled or deleted''.

In laymans terms, this means that the Pausing, Resuming and Deletion of print jobs in Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 may  not be logged. This can be exceptionally useful in tracking down where print jobs are deleted, especially if you [[PrintQueueSetUpOnWindows|haven't tightened security on your print queues]].

Please liaise with your Microsoft Vendor / Advisor and see if this `HotFix is suitable for your environment.

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For some reason by default print jobs on Windows 2008 Server are not logged in the Event Viewer. It can sometimes be useful to enable this to assist with troubleshooting printing/driver related problems.
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By default print jobs on Windows 2008 Server and R2 are not logged in the Windows Event Viewer. It can sometimes be useful to enable this to assist with troubleshooting printing/driver related problems.
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(:title How to log print jobs in the Windows 2008 Event Viewer:)

For some reason by default print jobs on Windows 2008 Server are not logged in the Event Viewer. It can sometimes be useful to enable this to assist with troubleshooting printing/driver related problems.

To enable this option go to:
@@Diagnostics -> Event Viewer -> Applications and Service Logs -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Print Service -> Operational@@
Right click and select @@Enable log@@

You may want to right click @@Operational@@ again create a custom view for the print jobs. We suggest you enable all the different information to be logged.

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