Introduction to Print Inspector

Print Inspector is designed to be used on print servers in small to medium organisations wherever there is a need for print management and auditing. A typical installation diagram on the below shows Print Inspector installed on a single print server in a small network so that any jobs submitted to the printer from client computers are monitored:

Diagram: Print Inspector installed on a single print server in a small network

The Print Inspector software consists of the following components:

  • Monitoring service is installed a Windows-based print server where printers are attached. In some cases, where there is no print server, it can also be installed on a workstation, which a printer is attached to. The monitoring service starts upon system boot and records printing activity on selected printers, even if no user is logged on.
  • Management console is installed either along with the printer monitoring service, or separately on a network administrator’s computer. It is used for configuring the monitoring service, viewing reports, setting up alerts and other administrative tasks.

These components communicate via TCP port 8703. If you have trouble connecting to the monitoring service from the management console, make sure you have configured any firewalls to pass connections through this port.