Emails when a user gets locked out

Posted on 2009-05-15
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Simply put, I'd like to receive an email anytime one of my users gets locked out on our SBS 2003 system. I normally only see this when I sift through event viewer. Is there a program or option somewhere that I can accomplish this.
Question by:Jerrod_W
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by:Mike Kline
ID: 24398318
This can be done using third party monitoring tools but seeing you are in SBS I'm guessing there may not be huge money in the budget for new software
You may want to check out event triggers
Those links should get you going.  I haven't tested this fully but it is worth trying out I think.
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Expert Comment

ID: 24398331
You can use eventriggers.exe and blat to do this:


happy mailing : Blat online

@echo off
set Subject=User locked out
set EmailFile=%Temp%\%~n0.eml
>"%EmailFile%" echo A user was locked out at %Date% %Time% on %ComputerName%
"C:\Program Files\blat\blat.exe" "%EmailFile%\%LogFile%" -f %From% -to %To% -server %SMTP% -subject "%Subject%"

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Expert Comment

ID: 24398371
Slight correction: remove the "\%LogFile%" in the last line ...
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Expert Comment

ID: 24398474
We use NetWrix Account Lockout Examiner.

It works well for us because it has the option to unlock accounts either via a website (for helpdesk personnel) or email remote control (good for blackberries).
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Expert Comment

ID: 24398482
And it was bugging me that the user who was locked out was not reported.
You should be able to combine this with PsLogList to retrieve the event.
PsLogList v2.7

The new script assumes that the script and the external tools are in the same folder (untested):
@echo off
set Subject=User locked out
set EmailFile=%Temp%\%~n0.eml
:: *** set the event id of the lockout event eventtriggers is monitoring:
set EventID=
>"%EmailFile%" echo A user was locked out at %Date% %Time% on %ComputerName%; event log entry as follows:
"%~dp0psloglist.exe" -m 1 -i %EventID% security >>"%EmailFile%" 2>&1
"%~dp0blat.exe" "%EmailFile%" -f %From% -to %To% -server %SMTP% -subject "%Subject%"

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Expert Comment

ID: 24398730
I have used Eventtrigers along with Blat. It works fine for a free tool.
You may also take a look at this free tool as well
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Accepted Solution

bluntTony earned 500 total points
ID: 24402314
You could just use SBS's built in monitoring facility. Go to:

Server Management | Monitoring and Reporting | Change Alert Notifications | Event log errors | 'Account Lockout' (Event ID: 539) - tick this option.

Add your email address into the text field in the 'Email Address' tab.

(If you haven't already set up monitoring and reports, click on the 'Set up Monitoring Reporting and Alerts' link and follow the wizard)

You'll then get emails whenever an account gets locked out.


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ID: 31582034
This seems to be working great. Thanks.

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