Remotely obtaining computer and user details using vb.net

Posted on 2011-09-28
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12

I'm trying to write a File Monitoring piece of software. I need help or some pointers in how to obtain the user details and machine details of the person making changes to the files:

A network shared volume that is accessed by 50+ users. I want to have a piece of software sitting directly on the server that is monitoring the drive. When ever a file action is taken i want to know:
IP Address coming from

I am using FileSystemWatcher to monitor the folder, that part is working ok at present.

I would prefer not to have to install a service / app on each of the users machine.

Any examples / pointers on achieving this would be appreciated.

Question by:Barhale
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Easwaran Paramasivam earned 2000 total points
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Well. Insted of installing the application in each and every machine better you can go for web application. In that you can implement the FileSystem watcher. From the web application you can easily obtain client detail easily using ServerVariables.

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ID: 36813193
Thanks for your response.

Is there a way of doing it via a Windows Application?

If I go the web application root, I will have to learn it from scratch as I am only really developing Windows Applications.

If the answer is no then, i'll get to learning the Web development to complete it.

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by:Easwaran Paramasivam
ID: 36813247
Web application is nothing miracle. For this particular application the learning curve is very less and simple. According to me, web application is the best one in your case.

Happy learning!!

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I'm working through the links now.....

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