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is there anyway to trace time sheet via pc.. login and logout time?
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The login and logout events are monitored into the event viewer (security). If you want to monitor 'only one' computer looking into the event log will give you the times.

Now if you want to monitor more than one computer you'll have to do it differentely. First you'll need to centralize the event reporting to a server. Some solutions like 'snare' will allow you to do a central sysloging.

Then from this point I suspect this may vary from the products you'll choose but you could either export the logs at a regular interval or create a data connection so you could work out some reporting from excel or crystal reports.
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The  Security log events you are looking for are 528 and 540 for login and 538 for a log off. You want to look for Logon type 2 as that is the interactive logon/off.
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this is the kind of automation that I am wholeheartedly against. One of the reasons being tech savvy users having now incentive to hack some sort of autologin to work (and autologins are bad for so many reasons - console vulnerability, saved passwords etc).
essentially there are several ways to fool your logon/logoff tracing script to make it believe that user was present when in fact he/she wasn't

please reconsider this method of registering attendance for it is flawed (FUBAR)
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thanks for all the suggestions. think we go along with those software based applications to serve the purpose
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of course there is no perfect answer because your project is being done under false pretenses.
the first two answers are actually great for the question asked if you know your scripting languages but since you need _a solution_ to your problem, you wouldn't see it that way.
this is why you need to elaborate and ask questions with more context. to short, exact questions you'll get short and concise answers (#33723629). please revise.
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"... the question was going to be split for the following reason:
 no perfect answer.. look for alternative"
Id est the original poster was NOT pleased and rephrasing his closing statement would look like:
"I did not get what I wanted. I'm going to seek help elsewhere"

And my objection on that:
"... the first two answers are actually great for the question asked if you know your scripting languages but since you need _a solution_ to your problem, you wouldn't see it that way.
this is why you need to elaborate and ask questions with more context. to short, exact questions you'll get short and concise answers ..."
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