Login script to run only upon first login of the day

Posted on 2013-01-23
Last Modified: 2013-01-29
I need to write a VBscript that will display a message only upon a user's first login of the day. These users move around quite a bit during the day and are always logging into different computers. My initial plan was to have the script look at the user account's last login attribute and only display the message if the last login date is not the same as the current date. However, I started thinking that this might not work because the last login attribute is not replicated to all domain controllers. Also, since this is to be a login script the last login is technically going to be the most recent login so the last login date and the current date would always be the same. Is there a better way to handle this? Oh, I forgot to mention this would be deployed as a login script via GPO.
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athomsfere earned 250 total points
ID: 38810023
If you use home drives, you could place a file on the users home drives with the login date, on login it checks the Home drive, and the date. If its the current day, it exits, otherwise it proceeds as well as changes the file to contain the current date.

Author Comment

ID: 38810141
I do use home drives for most users, however the users that are to see this message from the login script have no need for a home drive.
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ID: 38810201
A share elsewhere available?
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Author Comment

ID: 38810811
I may have to make one up.
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Expert Comment

ID: 38811245
That seems the simplest route to me.
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Accepted Solution

RobSampson earned 250 total points
ID: 38817393
Hi, this script is a simple demonstration of displaying a message once per day for any user, by storing a file in their temporary folder to check the date against.



Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Set objNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")
strStamp = objShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%TEMP%") & "\LogonScriptStamp.txt"
blnShowMessage = False
If objFSO.FileExists(strStamp) = False Then
	blnShowMessage = True
	If objFSO.GetFile(strStamp).DateLastModified < Date Then blnShowMessage = True
End If
If blnShowMessage = True Then
	Set objFile = objFSO.CreateTextFile(strStamp, True)
	Set objADSysInfo = CreateObject("ADSystemInfo")
	Set objUser = GetObject("LDAP://" & objADSysInfo.Username)
	MsgBox "Hello " & objUser.DisplayName & "," & vbCrLf & "You have logged in for the first time today on " & objNetwork.ComputerName
End If

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Author Comment

ID: 38820580
Ah.....I'm going to test it at work on Monday. Thanks Rob!

Author Closing Comment

ID: 38831291
Thanks guys. I decided to award both of you points since the first poster had the idea of using a file on the home drives (which is what I'm going to have to do since these users log into multiple stations each day) and Rob provided code.
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Expert Comment

ID: 38832889
No problem.  You can change
strStamp = objShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%TEMP%") & "\LogonScriptStamp.txt"

strStamp = "N:\LogonScriptStamp.txt"

or something to put the file in a different location.  That approach is obviously used where you want the message to appear once per day regardless of how many computers they log on to, whereas the local %TEMP% could be used to have it once per computer instead.



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