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Mass Pinging of worksatations

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Hi all,

I have a list of 600 or so workstations from AD. I need to figure out which ones are actually in use. One way would be to just simply pinging them. Is there anyway to run a command or program that will ping them all, instead of me doing manually?

Thanks!
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a networkscanner would be better. so you can select ip-ranges and scheduled scans.
this might be a usefull tool:

http://www.radmin.com/products/ipscanner/

Question: are all computers always switches on? if not, you still don't know wich computers are used...
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by:Mike Kline
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Ping is not a great way, what if a PC is off or not connected.  Have you thought about searching for old machines (can also do it for users)

oldcmp is a great free tool    http://www.joeware.net/freetools/tools/oldcmp/

adtidy is a another good tool (GUI)   http://www.cjwdev.co.uk/Software/ADTidy/Info.html

You can maybe disable accounts older than 90 or 120 days and then delete after 180.  Pick a strategy that is best for you

Thanks

Mike
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Exactly what I was looking for, worked like a charm!

Thanks!
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So the problem is I am just a consultant, and have to make a quick, rough estimate of what is actually being used. It does not have to be 100% perfect, but has to be quick, and show a general picture of what is currently in use.
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by:Ernie Beek
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Hm, perhaps something like lansurveyor express:
http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/hot-deals/1008701/
http://www.solarwinds.com/products/lansurveyor/info.aspx

Nicely visualizes it.
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If I was going in like you are there I'd just run

oldcmp -report  

take that html report and you can even show it to your customer.  That default command shows machines > 90 days.

Thanks

Mike
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