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Retrieve login, IP, and computer name of remote desktop

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How can I retrieve information about computers that are logging into Terminal Server?  I prefer to us VB6 in an exe to retrieve the data or implement a batch file. Is there any kind of log file that TS keeps that tracks remote sessions. What I am most interested in is the login name on the remote computer, the computer's IP address and name. Any other info that can be retrieved from a session would be great.
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Loginname could be taken from the environment variable %username%
The name and ip-address of the host, is a little more complicated, but here is how to retrieve it in C# .NET.

http://community.citrix.com/display/xa/How+to+get+client+IP+address+and+client+hostname+using+Terminal+Services+API

I am not sure, how you would do it with VB6, as I prefer to use C# for my programming.
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That doesn't help me much. If I had a vb example that used the api, then that would probably work.
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You can get the name of the client with %clientname%

I finally found some vbcode here

http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsnt.terminalserver.protocols.tcpip/browse_frm/thread/7595a72b22089c76

Hope this will help you.

/Kent.
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That works by manually entering the number of a session, but is there a way to constantly poll Terminal Server to see what sessions are open so that the process can be automated?
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You can use the utility "envtscip" from

http://www.ctrl-alt-del.com.au/CAD_Utils.htm

This utility adds an environment variable to the user session,
when it is run by the user logging on.

The variable is called %clientip%

You can then create a startup script or program,
that logs %username%, %clientname% and %clientip% to a file
or a DB (Sql Server as an example).

In that way, you will always have an updated list with this information.

Every user logging on should run a batchfile to create the environment variable.
An example is provided in the download.

I modified this example a bit by adding logging to a textfile in the end of the script.
You could of course change that according to your needs.

Just make sure, whatever you do, to let the bach script creating the environment variable run first,
so that it is created. Then you can access it like any other environment variable.

@Echo Off
:: call the client ip utility that assigns the environment variable
call "%SystemRoot%\System32\envtscip.exe"
 
::Becasue this is run in usrlogon.cmd, the environment variable cannot be broadcast to the windows shell
::thus we use the old classic Terminal Server tool ACRegL to enforce the variable during the logon script
 
"%systemroot%\Application Compatibility Scripts\ACRegL.exe" "%TEMP%\getpaths.cmd" CLIENTIP "HKCU\Volatile Environment" "CLIENTIP" ""
If Not ErrorLevel 1 Goto Cont1
Echo.
Echo Unable to retrieve path.
Echo.
Goto Finish
 
:Cont1
Call "%TEMP%\getpaths.cmd"
Del "%TEMP%\getpaths.cmd" >Nul: 2>&1
 
::The environment variable %clientip% can now be used throughout this script
::To use the environment variable %clientip% within a session run ENVTSCIP.exe in the startup of the user's session
::or the RUN section of the registry
 
::just as a test echo the variable to the screen
 
rem echo %CLIENTIP%
 
:Finish
 
echo User: %username%,Computer: %clientname%,IP: %clientip% >> \\<server>\<share>\logconnections.txt

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