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How to Set Up Job Accounting with MarkVision Professional

Document ID:HO1282
 
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How to set up job accounting; MarkVision Professional; MVP

Solution

Job Accounting

You can use MarkVision Professional to gather and store information about each print job sent to a specific printer, a process called "job accounting". You can then view the collected information using a database tool or an application specifically designed to interpret and display the information. (Collecting information about print jobs is also referred to as "job accounting".)
 

Enabling job accounting on your printer tells MarkVision Professional to collect information such as job size, job duration, output bins used, and so on. You can use the information gathered by the job accounting process to answer questions such as:



    • Which printers are getting the most use?
    • Which departments are using the printer(s) the most?
    • How long does it take to print a job?
    • What is the toner level in the printer(s)?
    • Page count estimations

 

 

How to set up job accounting with older versions of MVP:



    1. From the All Tasks menu, select Job Accounting (Trend Analysis).

    2. Select the database you want to use.

    3. Enter the username, password, and connection path (URL*) for the database you plan to use.

    4. Select the type of job accounting to use and whether or not status alerts should be documented.

    5. Select the property to use to locate the printer.

    6. Add the printer(s) for which you want to enable job accounting to the Selected Printers box. (You can select printers from folders or perform a quick find to find the printers you need.) Select multiple printers by using the Ctrl or Shift key.

    7. Click Apply.

      Note:
      To enable Billable Job Accounting, use Scheduling tasks.


* The URL is the path to the database used to monitor this server. MarkVision currently supports the following databases: Access, Oracle, and SQL Server, as well as CSV (Comma Separated Variables) format. The following table shows the path styles used for each type of database: 


Oracle
The default is the path to the MarkVision server. If the database is installed on a different server, change the URL field appropriately using the following path style: @::
 
For example:  jdbc:oracle:thin:@117.124.46.113:1521:orcl
Access, SQL Server
: For example: jdbc:odbc:yourdsn
DSN is a Data Source Name which must be created prior to using Job Accounting or Printer Inventory. Use your ODBC configuration in the Windows Control Panel to create a DSN. Note: Exporting this information through an ODBC interface is only supported in a Windows environment.
CSV
CSV format provides you with the option to export your printer data into a text file formatted to accommodate database fields. Enter the address of the directory where you want the text file to be created on your network or computer.  For example: C:\temp\printerinventory\home


Note: Database insertion (including CSV file manipulation) is handled by a separate thread to reduce the impact of such insertions on the rest of the system. By default, this thread has a two-minute timeout, so database insertions and CSV file manipulation will not occur immediately after task completion. Please refer to the appropriate MarkVision Server documentation for detailed information.

 

 

MVP 11.2.1 "Job Accounting" 


  • Job accounting is no longer available and a Job Statistics plug-in will be needed to extend this functionality. 
  • If you want MarkVision to write to an MS SQL Server Database, you do not need to set up the database tables and fields ahead of time within the MS SQL Server Database; the database will create the tables if they don't exist.
  • Hard drives and special printer software is not required for Job Statistics; however, devices equipped with hard drives prove more reliable since they can cache job info on a disk for later retrieval using MVP schedules.
  • Additional information is found in the Lexmark MVP 11.1-2 Data Export Guide.
  • Click here to download Markvision Professional 11.2.1.

 

 

Still Need Help? 

 

If you require additional assistance, please see Contact information. NOTE: When calling for support, you will need your printer model.machine type and serial number (SN).
Please call from near the computer and printer in case the technician on the phone asks you to perform a task on this device.

 

 

 



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