what is the best way to track login information of users in the company network?

I was asked by my manager to track login information for users in the network. How do I track it?
I find security logs under event viewer in domain controller. There are 2 domain controllers in our organization.
arkr12Asked:
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ActiveDirectorymanCommented:


you can look through event logs on the domain controllers and turn on audit account logon events or you can use the limit logon tool..

audit account logon events
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb742435.aspx

limit logon tool
http://download.microsoft.com/down [...] tlogin.exe
arkr12Author Commented:
He wants to maintain for users login information for 6 months and if I try to save security logs it occupies more disk space. I know I can export the event logs and save it in an external drive. Are there any other ways?

And also the limit logon tool has is no longer available. The webpage doesn't exist
ActiveDirectorymanCommented:

  the only other way to do that is to script it.

check this out:

windows event log rotation ?
http://serverfault.com/questions/26883/windows-event-log-rotation

sorry link was cutt off. try this one:

limit logon tool
http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/d/0/fd05def7-68a1-4f71-8546-25c359cc0842/limitlogin.exe

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arkr12Author Commented:
Thanks for your reply. I will try this and get back to you
Mahmoud SabrySenior IT Systems EngineerCommented:
personally, i got tired from the DCs event logs and did another way to get login information for users

i did it using login script

at login time

Echo %username% is logged on to %computername% at %time%  >> \\Server\shared_folder\%username%_logon.csv

SysExpertCommented:
I agree with msabry06, but I would probably have it go to
1) A central log
2) Also to the user log

I would also do something similar for logouts, even though it may be less useful.

I hope this helps !

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