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Display a Log of Network Log ins

Posted on 2006-06-28
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SBS 2003
Windows XP Pro - 10 workstations

Ok...I'm sure this is posted in SBS somewhere but this is what I want to do.  We would like to have some sort of visual display, either by email or central source, of when people are logging in and out of their computers.  Most of our employees are on salary but our manager would like to know when each arrives and leaves mainly since their main duties are on their computers anyways.  Location of where this log is located is great but would like to know if there is some way to display this more easily or be sent on a daily or weekly basis in one consolidated email.

Thank you

Monty
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You can enable auditing but it is quite time consuming to filter and extract. Or you could add the lines below to each users logon script to create a log file for you. It would give you UserName, ComputerName, date and time in a simple single line  As written below it will create the log/text file in \\Server\Logs\LogOns.Log and the entries will look like:
Log File
Log On:  UserName1 ComputerName1  Fri 09/30/20   8:00  
Log On:  UserName2 ComputerName2  Fri 09/30/20   8:10
Log On:  UserName3 ComputerName3  Fri 09/30/20   8:15
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
:Logging
If Exist "\\Server\Logs\LogOns.Log" GoTo START
Echo Log File > "\\Server\Logs\LogOns.Log"
:START
Echo Log On:  %USERNAME% %COMPUTERNAME%  %Date:~0,12%  %Time:~0,5% >> "\\Server\Logs\LogOns.Log"
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Note the users will need to have read/write and execute permissions for the \\Server\Logs\LogOns.Log  file.

If you wish to know logoff times as well you will need to add a script in group policy for logoffs if you don't already have one:
User Configuration | Windows settings | Scripts | Logoff
Her to add to the same log file, add the following to the logoff script:
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
:Logging
If Exist "\\Server\Logs\LogOns.Log" GoTo START
Echo Log File > "\\Server\Logs\LogOns.Log"
:START
Echo Log Off:  %USERNAME% %COMPUTERNAME%  %Date:~0,12%  %Time:~0,5% >> "\\Server\Logs\LogOns.Log"
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