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I am trying to find a utility (either built in to W2K Server or 3rd party software) that will allow me to see when users log on/off to their computers.  The difficult part is that I would like to set it up so that it automatically emails or somehow sends a report to a specific email address because the person who needs this information would not have access to look in the Event Viewer of our server (I would also like to stay away from the Event Viewer all together because I find it very hard to locate specific information even when filtering the data).  So basically some kind of spy software that can be installed on a workstation.  I don't need much other information than that (no keyloggers, or anything like that) but if they are included with the software that is fine.  I will just try and disable them.  Also on a tight budget so FREE would be nice :)

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by:Isigow
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Lots of people ask about it and I have yet to find a freeware program that does everything you mention besides writing a login script to do it.
However there are some (realtively) cheep programs out there that accomplish this.
Google seems to like this one: http://www.tracklogins.com/lpgawnw.htm

If you just want to write a login script to accomplish it, it may get everything you want done, done.

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by:sre23
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Thanks Isigow,

do you have an example of how I would do this in a script?  I know how to create a login script, but not sure how to have it record log in time/date and store it somewhere.

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well you can get the username, computername, date time all kinds of stuff right from the windows dos shell
goto a command prompt, type set
it lists all the variables used by windows
In order to display a variable surround it with % symbols (like %username%, %computername% etc...)
%date% and %time% also work
date and time are also commands, type date /? for usability (or time /?)
to port to a file, use the 'pipe' command (>)
such as:
logon script example:
echo %username% %computername% %date% %time% LOGON > \\myserver\record\record.txt
(replace '>' with '>>' to append vs recreate the file)

[Note: this can also be done with WSH scripts more powerfully then with dos shell all depends on your tastes and skill level]

anyhow you can refine it from there with the info you want
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by:sre23
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wow, that is perfect.  Exactly what I was looking for.  One question though, what does the echo command do?
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by:Isigow
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echo just prints it to the file (like echo %date% at a dos prompt just resolves %date% to a date and displays it)
try it out on your command prompt
if you type %username% it will complain that it doesnt know what the resolved username command is
if you type echo %username% it just shows you the resolved variable
if you dont type echo you will try to run the program %username% instead of just display (print) the command to the file
as a result your file wont happen, you'll just get errors as it tries to run the program of your variable instead of record the data

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alright, thank again.
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