Pcounter for Windows works with Windows 2000/2003/2008 in mixed or native
mode. It works with and can display user lists in Active Directory and
NT4-compatible domains and organizational units directly without any need
to import or create printing accounts. Pcounter also still works with
Windows NT 4.0 for sites which have not yet updated its server software
Pcounter works with both 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows.
Pcounter for Windows server components together form a flexible, modular,
and expandable system, and can track printers located on Windows servers
- Pcounter Printer Control service
- Pcounter Data Server service
- Pcounter Port
Printers which are monitored by Pcounter will use the Pcounter Ports as
a replacement for the built-in or third-party Windows spooler ports. Pcounter
Port is able to precisely monitor the flow of data to printers. Processing
only occurs at print time, resulting in significantly lower CPU utilization
and overhead. Other products which are only Windows service-based cannot
match Pcounter's precision and efficiency.
The PCounter Port
The Pcounter Port has the following technical advantages over competing
products and typical Windows printing environments:
- Pcounter is able to see exactly what has been sent to the printer and
will not charge for unprinted documents.
- Pcounter can monitor the online status of the printer and handle jobs
accordingly (ie. move jobs to other printers if required).
- Pcounter can query the printer for exact page usage per job.
- Pcounter can query the printer for color page usage
on many printers.
- Pcounter can efficiently load balance jobs between multiple printers
with no CPU overhead.
The Pcounter Port includes support for the following protocols:
- TCP/IP (Raw/AppSocket) - functionally equivalent to using the RAW setting
with the Windows TCP/IP port, typically used on IP port 9100.
- Local Port - Supports parallel ports and print-to-file
- OtherPrinter - which moves jobs to another print queue on the same
server. This allows support for printers which use protocols not directly
supported by the Pcounter Port, such as USB and AppleTalk.
- Load Balance
The Pcounter Printer Control service and Pcounter Port work together
to manage printers and are used at the same time on Windows print servers.
The Pcounter Data Server service manages all Pcounter printer accounting
data and can run on any Windows machine, allowing all Pcounter data to
be kept centrally in a single location.
These components allow Pcounter the flexibility to easily scale to the
size of your network. For instance, if all printers are located on one Windows
print server, the data can be kept on the same computer by running both
services and installing the port monitors. Likewise, in a distributed printing
environment, the Pcounter Printer Control service and Pcounter Port can
be used on multiple Windows print servers, while running the Pcounter Data
Server service on another Windows computer, or even on one of the Windows
- Pcounter works on Windows clusters and x64 operating systems.
- Pcounter has been fully updated and tested with Windows Server 2003
R2 and Vista.
- Pcounter works on networks where Samba is authenticating logons.
- Pcounter can automatically assign print job ownership from other
platforms (such as Mac and Unix) or delete the job if an owner cannot
be found, or they can use the Web
Client to authenticate their jobs.
- Pcounter works with multiple and/or trusted domains.
- Printing accounts for network users do not need to be created or
imported - Pcounter creates them automatically if necessary.
- Pcounter works in Citrix and Terminal Services environments.
- Built in LPD server with more features and better Macintosh support
than the Microsoft LPD service.
- Intelligent job load balancing across multiple printers.
- Integration with external LDAP servers via an additional
- Local workstation print tracking.
- Easy integration with NetWare and OES environments.