Win 2003 Server: FINGER command

Posted on 2005-04-29
Last Modified: 2011-10-03
In the Unix world you can "finger" users and hosts (i.e. accounts) through the finger command, for instance: finger

"finger" is normally interacted through port 79. Through this command you can obtain information about a particular account, such as: last logon time, etc. This a way to get ldap information. You can also make use of "telnet user@host 79" to verify that this port is prone to accept requests.

We thought that could be an easy way to query information on particular users within the windows domain we're administering, even though we're aware that one can access this very information with Active Directory specific command-line commands like "dsquery" (and there really other ways).

So in a windows domain like "", we tried something like: "finger", without any result at all. As a matter of fact, we keep receiving the following answer: "error: connection refused".

We assume that port 79 is not blocked. So the question is:

Do windows server ldap directories support finger command ?
Question by:danniox
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    Nope, sorry; you can only use it against a Unix machine: "The Windows Server 2003 family does not provide a finger service."
    Microsoft Windows Server 2003 TechCenter: Finger

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