Logon Log

Posted on 2012-08-24
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Last Modified: 2012-08-24
How can I tell the last time a user logged on.  Or maybe a log of log on times.

Win 2008 Active Directory.
Question by:Tim Dawson
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xDUCKx earned 800 total points
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YOu can accomplish this thru auditing.  Unfortunately, this won't go back in time before auditing was enabled.  Once it's enabled you can keep track of logins from that point forward.

Computer COnfiguration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Audit Policy

Audit Account logon events
Audit Logon Events

All logins will show up in the Security log for that machine.
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Chris earned 1200 total points
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This is one way to accompish what you're after however it's very difficult to sift through the logs and find what you're after. I find that the clearest "free" way to achieve what you're after is through logon and logoff scripts. Create a folder on your server that's writable by everyone then create the following scripts.

Logon script:

echo %date% %time% - logged on to %computername% >> \\servername\LogonLogs\%username%.txt

Logoff Script:

echo %date% %time% - logged off %computername% >> \\servername\LogonLogs\%username%.txt

These logs will build up over time so you should either clean them manually every so often or create a sheduled maintenance script.

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