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How to find MP3 Files on Domain

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I'm trying to find out how to find all the MP3 files on my end user pc's. I've tired 10-Strike MP3 Scanner but that only searches shares. I want to search each starting at the root C:\ of each computer using a domain user account.
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by:IntegrityOffice
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http://www.numarasoftware.com/asset_management/inventory_manager/

Quite a lot of Enterprise Anti virus products offer some sort of features that will allow / disallow these kind of files. Belarc advisor the product above should be able to do some osrt of PC audit for you. Not sure if they will be silent or not but I know the predecessor to the one above used to be able to do that.

Sophos should be able to find MP3;s on an overnight scan, however there are probably loads of free where stuf I am not familiar with.

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I use windirstat:

http://windirstat.info/
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by:oldPCguy
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Here is how I would approach this:

Create a .txt file with all the computer names - you can use  net view >>pclist.txt and edit it for systems you do not want to search.

Use a batch file with the command :

FOR /F %%T IN (pclist.txt) DO DIR /S \\%%T\C$\*.MP3 >> MP3List.txt

Note: This would have to be run with a domain admin account or you will have to add a command to make a connection with the proper credentials - such as "NET USE \\%%T\IPC$ /USER:domain\user password

I actually tested this quick and it worked fine - did not wait for it to complete though :)



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oldPCguy:

I really like this approach, but I'm having the same trouble on a 2000 and 2008 server. When i run FOR /F %%T IN pclist.txt DO DIR /S \\%%T\C$\*.MP3 >> MP3List.txt

It is returning  %%T was unexpected at this time.  

I am running the command from c:\ and the pclist.txt file is also there.
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I found a solution that worked well: 10 Strike offers a product call Network File Search. Make sure you install the software and run it when logged into a computer as DOMAIN ADMIN, the it will scan the root drive of all machines.

http://www.10-strike.com/network-file-search/
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The command needs to be in a batch file. I called it FindMP3.cmd

Glad to hear you found a utility that works.
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