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Monitoring Software

We are setting up lab of 50 computer (45 PC 5 MAC) with grant money.  I have been asked to find software that we can monitor who has logged on and how long they have logged in for.  Then at the end of the month pull it down so we can show the grant people a graph so they can see how much it is being used; any suggestions? I know we could use AD for some of this, but I need it to do a little more than what is possible for AD.

Brandon Norris
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Ernie BeekExpertCommented:
You could use the logon and logoff scrips in Group Policies and then have them (the scripts you create to be run by the group policies) write to a text log something like:
echo %username% logged on at %time% on %date% at %computername% >> \\someserver\someshare\logon.log
echo %username% logged off at %time% on %date% at %computername% >> \\someserver\someshare\logoff.log
These would be in simple batch files. The users would need write access to the log files in the shares.

Source: http://www.computing.net/answers/windows-2003/logging-users-loginlogoff/5797.html
Brandon NorrisNetwork/Server AdminAuthor Commented:
It sounds great but we need something very simple so that our Grant people can logon and pull information down into a graph and print it off
Ernie BeekExpertCommented:
Well the log file is plain text so you could easy import it in to excel and create a graph from there (though I'm not an excel wizard).
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