What are the implications of users belonging to multiple groups?

Groups in PaperCut are used for a number of different purposes. Here is a brief description on how they behave when a user belongs to more than one group:

  • Quota allocation: A user that is a member of more than one group will receive multiple allocations from each group. It is also given in this section of the manual.
  • Rules for new users: If “initial settings” rules are defined for each user, they will receive the sum of the initial balances and the most liberal/open/functional of relevant settings (e.g. popup settings, etc). Some more detail is covered in the New User Creation Rules section of the user manual.
  • Group summary reports: The user’s printing totals will be credited in full to each group they belong to. If a user belongs to more than one group, the amount will be allocated to each in full rather than split equally. Hence group reports that run over users that belong to more than one group may not be appropriate for selected accounting procedures. If an organization needs to allocate printing to departments, facilities, or cost centers where users perform printing under more than one area, the organization should consider using the client popup and Shared Accounts. This allows users to allocate printing to areas at the time of print.

Categories: Reference Articles, User Management

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