Printer Management UDF 3.0.0

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Here is an UDF for managing printers.
Features are :
 - add, remove or rename a printer
 - add or remove a driver
 - add or remove a TCP/IP printer port
 - add or remove a LPR printer port
 - connect to a remote printer
 - enum printers and there configuration and properties
 - pause resume or cancel all jobs of a printer
 - checks if a printer exists
 - print a test page
 - set the default printer


What's New in Version 3.0.0

Released

Added _PrintMgr_AddLPRPort and _PrintMgr_RemoveLPRPort

Added _Printmgr_EnumPorts, _Printmgr_PortExists, _Printmgr_PrinterSetComment,  _Printmgr_PrinterSetDriver, _Printmgr_PrinterSetPort and _Printmgr_PrinterShare

 

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      ErrorCleared||[boolean]
      ErrorDescription||[string]
      InstallDate||[datetime]
      IsLinear||[boolean]
      LastErrorCode||[uint32]
      LowerThresholdCritical||[sint32]
      LowerThresholdFatal||[sint32]
      LowerThresholdNonCritical||[sint32]
      MaxReadable|1270|[sint32]
      MinReadable|64266|[sint32]
      Name|Sensore numerico|[string]
      NominalReading||[sint32]
      NormalMax||[sint32]
      NormalMin||[sint32]
      PNPDeviceID||[string]
      PowerManagementCapabilities||[uint16]
      PowerManagementSupported||[boolean]
      Resolution|1000|[uint32]
      Status|Unknown|[string]
      StatusInfo||[uint16]
      SystemCreationClassName|Win32_ComputerSystem|[string]
      SystemName|DESKTOP-25LFPVU|[string]
      Tolerance|32768|[sint32]
      UpperThresholdCritical||[sint32]
      UpperThresholdFatal||[sint32]
      UpperThresholdNonCritical||[sint32]QUERY RESULT|# 1|/
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      Availability||[uint16]
      Caption|Sensore numerico|[string]
      ConfigManagerErrorCode||[uint32]
      ConfigManagerUserConfig||[boolean]
      CreationClassName|Win32_TemperatureProbe|[string]
      CurrentReading||[sint32]
      Description|True Ambient Thermal Probe|[string]
      DeviceID|root\cimv2 1|[string]
      ErrorCleared||[boolean]
      ErrorDescription||[string]
      InstallDate||[datetime]
      IsLinear||[boolean]
      LastErrorCode||[uint32]
      LowerThresholdCritical||[sint32]
      LowerThresholdFatal||[sint32]
      LowerThresholdNonCritical||[sint32]
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      MinReadable|64266|[sint32]
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      NominalReading||[sint32]
      NormalMax||[sint32]
      NormalMin||[sint32]
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      PowerManagementSupported||[boolean]
      Resolution|1000|[uint32]
      Status|Unknown|[string]
      StatusInfo||[uint16]
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      SystemName|DESKTOP-25LFPVU|[string]
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      ErrorDescription||[string]
      InstallDate||[datetime]
      IsLinear||[boolean]
      LastErrorCode||[uint32]
      LowerThresholdCritical||[sint32]
      LowerThresholdFatal||[sint32]
      LowerThresholdNonCritical||[sint32]
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      MinReadable|64266|[sint32]
      Name|Sensore numerico|[string]
      NominalReading||[sint32]
      NormalMax||[sint32]
      NormalMin||[sint32]
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      PowerManagementCapabilities||[uint16]
      PowerManagementSupported||[boolean]
      Resolution|1000|[uint32]
      Status|Unknown|[string]
      StatusInfo||[uint16]
      SystemCreationClassName|Win32_ComputerSystem|[string]
      SystemName|DESKTOP-25LFPVU|[string]
      Tolerance|32768|[sint32]
      UpperThresholdCritical||[sint32]
      UpperThresholdFatal||[sint32]
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      Caption|Sensore numerico|[string]
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      ConfigManagerUserConfig||[boolean]
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      CurrentReading||[sint32]
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      ErrorDescription||[string]
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      LastErrorCode||[uint32]
      LowerThresholdCritical||[sint32]
      LowerThresholdFatal||[sint32]
      LowerThresholdNonCritical||[sint32]
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      MinReadable|64266|[sint32]
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      NormalMax||[sint32]
      NormalMin||[sint32]
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      PowerManagementCapabilities||[uint16]
      PowerManagementSupported||[boolean]
      Resolution|1000|[uint32]
      Status|Unknown|[string]
      StatusInfo||[uint16]
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      SystemName|DESKTOP-25LFPVU|[string]
      Tolerance|32768|[sint32]
      UpperThresholdCritical||[sint32]
      UpperThresholdFatal||[sint32]
      UpperThresholdNonCritical||[sint32]
       
      Could please anyone help me out? 
      Thanks in advance
      Francesco
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      The Serial redirector software can be configured to log all activity to the Kernal-mode Debug output. The serial redirector software itself being kernel level software. For configuration of the Wireless modules, we have custom written software (written in AutoIt) that amongst other things can display relevant configuration information for a Wireless module given it’s IP address.

      By extracting messages like the ones below from the Kernal-Mode Debug channel;

      COM56 : ½ Incoming connection from 10.158.188.172:51562

      COM18 : ½ Incoming connection from 10.158.188.200:50896

      COM19 : ½ Incoming connection from 10.158.188.180:59074

      COM68 : ½ Incoming connection from 142.239.15.82:34322

      We can have the module configuration program retrieve the configuration. The retrieved configuration contains more information such as the module ID number and wireless signal strength. This information is then logged to a file which is later loaded into a database. We can then query the database for connections made by a particular module within a specified time frame. The results of these Queries help us determine if the module was connected or is having problems connecting. Problems are usually indicated by poor signal strength and frequent re-connecting.

      So what I am looking for is a way for our module configuration program (written in AutoIt) to retrieve filtered Kernal-Level debug messages directly without using the DebugView application.

      The Forum post listed at the first of this message includes the source code for the DLL. So if you are versed in these matters and Visual Studio this may be an easy task. I looked at what needed to be done but, I was way over my head. If you look up the price of the serial IP redirector software, you can see that there is some money in our project for such things however, I do have a spending limit for purchases such as this.