Writing logon script to get user, computer, time, and date

Posted on 2007-04-04
Last Modified: 2010-04-16
I posted this question not too long ago, but closed it because I thought I understood the answer.  I'm still missing something, so I'm re-asking it & have listed below what I've done.

Here's the script called logon.bat
echo %COMPUTERNAME%,%USERNAME%,%DATE%,%TIME% >> \\server\path\folder\\UserLogon.csv

I clicked on it from my desktop & from the server twice & got this csv file
server name                           myname      Tue 04/03/2007      5:31 PM
server name            myname      Tue 04/03/2007      5:32 PM
server name            Administrator      Wed 04/04/2007      10:06 AM
server name            Administrator      Wed 04/04/2007      10:07 AM

My question is getting this to run automatically.  I went to grp policy -> win settings -> scripts.  In the logon script, I added the logon.bat file.  Then I logged off, logged back on, & looked at the csv file.  My thinking is that it would run automatically (not needing to double click) but I didn't see a new line in the csv file.  Can someone help further?  I also need this for all users & it looks like it's only logging per machine???
Question by:TinaSC
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Are you in a domain?
You'd need to do this for logon scripts on your domain controller.

Otherwise, use scheduled tasks, if it's a single machine:

Start->Run->CMD /c schtasks /create /ru system /sc onlogon /tn logon /tr "c:\logon.bat" <Enter>

(change the location of logon.bat as needed).

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I am in a domain.  I realize this may be an overly simplistic question, but bear with me.... Where in the domain controller do I put it?
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Open up ADUC (Active Directory Users and Computers) - right-click the domain name and choose properties.  You can then modify your default domain policy (or create a new one) and modify the same path (user config \windows settings\scripts\logon)
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Thanks sirbounty... easy enough.  I figure I'm not doing too bad since I had never even seen Windows Server until 6 months ago & didn't know there was such a thing as a logon script until a few weeks ago!!!
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Wow - that's impressive. :^)

Thanx for the grade!

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I know I closed this question, so I really hope you'll see this sirbounty.  The script worked, but only for my username?  It's in the logon/off scripts in the AD, but it's only showing my activity in the csv file.

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