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Printing a log of administrator's work

Is there a way in Windows 2000 to print a log automatically on a specific printer? I'm concerned about how much discretion the network administrator has, and I want to audit his work. I'd like to print a log whenever he performs an action, runs a command, changes configuration, etc. I want this log to be printed automatically and from my printer through the network. Is this possible on a Windows 2000 network?
Yes there is, but I would check your company's security policy before you do this. You will also need some domain admin rights in order to accomplish this. There is a good article that discusses ways to do this through scripting. See: http://www.sans.org/rr/win/event_logs3.php. However, this article focuses on sending an SMTP message instead of printing. If you would like to print, just need to change the script to call a print job.


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  • This was first published in March 2003

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