I have a Windows 2008 R2 server we are using as a print server. We are encountering issues with some print jobs and I need to be able to look at a print job in one of printers and then go find the associated .SPL file in the c:\Windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS directory.

Is there an easy way to find the spool job number tied to a printer record?

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Open Event Viewer.

Expand "Applications and Services."

Expand "Microsoft."

Expand "PrintService."

Right-click on the Operational log and choose "Enable."

Now, new events will be generated in that event log. When a job is sent through the spooler, the event will say "Spooling job 123."

That will be C:\Windows\System32\Spool\PRINTERS\00123.SHD and 00123.SPL.

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