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How can I identify inactive workstations in Active directory and eDirectory(Novell)? Which field would tell me whether the workstation is active or inactive?

what does "whenchanged" field in AD means?
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by:Joe
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you can use Bopup scanner to scan you network for active computers then compare it to your AD

http://www.blabsoft.com/products/scanner/   (this is free software)
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by:michko
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Spiceworks is a very handy (and also free) network utility:
www.spiceworks.com
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by:YZlat
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that's not the question. The question is how can I determine from AD records which workstations are inactive
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You would have to look at 'lastlogintimestamp'
A command line query to do this:
> dsquery computer forestroot -inactive <NumWeeks>
(query also possible on domain or ou)

whenchanged just shows when the last change to the object took place. This does not relate to activity of the workstation itself.

J.
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by:YZlat
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what about on eDirectory?
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by:PowerIT
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eDirectory is not my speciality. Someone else?
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by:PsiCop
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Depends on how/why the Workstation is in eDirectory.

If you are using ZENworks for Workstation Management, then you can run a report against the ZENworks workstation inventory.

If you're not using ZENworks Workstation Management, then probably none of your workstations are in eDirectory, as there's no reason to add them.
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by:ShineOn
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How do you define "inactive?"

Do you mean not currently logged-in, or not responding to PING, or no longer in service, or something else?

There's a "modified" property on the Computer object in AD that has a date/time stamp of the last time the computer updated itself to AD.  Would that work?

If you have ZEN, a Workstation object also has a last-logged-in date/time stamp.

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by:ShineOn
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Are you hoping to determine when a computer object (AD) or workstation object (eDirectory) can be removed from either AD or eDir because you've got orphaned objects floating around from old systems that should be retired from the system as it were?

ZENworks should automatically purge itself of inactive workstation objects, if you've got it configured right, so eDir should take care of itself.  

I have no idea if there is anything of that nature with AD.  Haven't had the need to look yet.  I'd be interested to find out as it may be an issue for me someday as well.
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