What is the difference between a Restricted user and an Unrestricted user?
Users who are unrestricted will be able to accumulate a negative balance, e.g. their balance can go below zero, or if they have an overdraft, they can go beyond that.
By default, Filters & Restrictions on Print Queues are also not enforced for Unrestricted Users. You can override this by toggling the tick box found under the PaperCut Administration Console → Printers → [printer] → Filters & Restrictions → Restriction Scope.
Filters & Restrictions will still allow an Unrestricted user to accumulate a negative balance.
What defines if a user is Restricted or Unrestricted?
To configure a user as restricted or unrestricted simply toggle the tick box found under the PaperCut Administration Console → Users → [username] → Account Details
How would I use this?
In educational organisations it might be determined that students have a monthly quota and can not use more than that unless they TopUp. Teachers and Staff however require unrestricted printing.
In this scenario students would be restricted with a monthly quota and staff would be unrestricted and accumulate a negative balance. The PaperCut Administrator would then use Scheduled Reports to keep an eye on staff usage.
That’s awesome, but I already have my users setup?
No problem! PaperCut’s Bulk User Actions enables you to select a Group of Users (or a list) and modify their Restricted status. This is accessed via the PaperCut Admin Console → Users → Bulk User Actions.
Handling new users
New users will inherit a Restricted or Unrestricted attribute based on the New User Settings for any groups they’re in. If a user is in multiple groups and there is a combination of Restricted and Unrestricted settings they will be Restricted as a result.