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Is there a way to keep a log file of network connections throughout the day and receive notifications when I receive a connection from certain hosts?
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Wireshark . . . . its a packet sniffer you could use to monitor just your IP, but the logs would get huge from so much traffic. Have you watched event viewer? There is a security section to see failed logons and such.
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Event viewer would be best... here are a series of sample scripts you could run, the notification part isn't built in if your running these on another computer, but it could be adapted easily enough to send a "net use" or possibly an email.
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/resources/qanda/oct04/hey1026.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/resources/qanda/apr08/hey0421.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/resources/qanda/feb07/hey0226.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/resources/qanda/aug05/hey0816.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/resources/qanda/apr05/hey0404.mspx
However, first you must enable auditing of file/folder access... then specify the files or folders you want to watch, heres how you do that: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310399

Or try the sysinternals apps from M$
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897544.aspx This should be able to dump certain events.
The whole suite: http://download.sysinternals.com/Files/SysinternalsSuite.zip
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Stupid me!! Haha, I love using KIWI syslog... I must be more tired than I thought ;)
http://www.kiwisyslog.com/products/
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I downloaded Kiwi but do not understand how you would use it to detect an unwelcome listener.  Is there a way to have it sweep the ports every so often for listeners?
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kiwi is an event log parser and alerter. When certain events are logged, this tool will automatically alert you to the event's you specify are of interest. You must have events your curious about logged, which usually means you have to turn on more logging than the default windows logging settings. Authentication success/failure is logged typically by default. If your interested in when someone accesses a certain share or file perhaps, you need to turn up the logging features and also configure those files and or folders. Here is a M$ KB article on how to do this on share/folder access: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310399 http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/ecf63dcf-17e7-4279-91ff-beb11bd0d6881033.mspx?mfr=true

Snare is also a popular event log alerting software: http://www.intersectalliance.com/projects/SnareWindows/index.html
It may meet your requirements, as it has a nice filter option so you could look for specific usernames: http://www.intersectalliance.com/projects/SnareWindows/obj_edit.png
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