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Hi There,

I had a query regarding a certain user who remotes into their PC using SBS Remote Web Workplace in a 2011 Environment.

The query was can it be logged such as time they remotely connected in and duration spent etc? i.e. time logged off etc?

Anyone know of a good monitoring tool to enable us to admin this from the Server or if it can be achieved with any software which is fairly simple to use?

Many Thanks in advance
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I have't seen a management tool but I have often used the following script:

Add the lines below to each users logon and log off script to create a log file. It will give you UserName, ComputerName, date and time, in a simple single line, followed by the IP from which they connected, if needed. If you wish to know logoff times as well, you can add the same lines to a log off script in group policy (if you don't already have one: User Configuration | Windows settings | Scripts | Logoff). You likely won’t need the last line (IP address) in the log off script.

As written below it will create the log/text file in \\Server\Logs\LogOns.Log and the entries will look like:
Log File

Log On:  jdoe SERVER1  Tue 1/1/2007   9:01
  TCP    10.0.1.100:3389        66.66.123.123:1234        ESTABLISHED

Log Off: jdoe SERVER1  Tue 1/1/2007   9:31

Log On:  jsmith SERVER2  Tue 1/1/2007   11:00
  TCP    10.0.1.200:3389        66.66.123.124:1234        ESTABLISHED

Log Off: jsmith SERVER1  Tue 1/1/2007   11:30
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:Logging
If Exist "\\Server\Logs\LogOns.Log" GoTo START
Echo Log File > "\\Server\Logs\LogOns.Log"
:START
Echo. >> "\\Server\Logs\LogOns.Log"
Echo Log On:  %USERNAME% %COMPUTERNAME%  %Date:~0,16%  %Time:~0,5% >> "\\Server\Logs\LogOns.Log"
netstat  -an  |find  "3389"  |find  /I  "established"  >> "\\Server\Logs\LogOns.Log"

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Note the users will need to have read/write and execute permissions for the \\Server\Logs\LogOns.Log  file.
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Many Thanks for this Info much appreciated will give this a try.
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Thanks pmsdude117.
We use it and several folk for whom I have posted in the past say it has worked well for them.
Cheers!
--Rob
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