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User login reporting server 2008 R2

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Hello -

I am wondering if there is a way to generate a report on the login history for a user? I found where I can see who is currently logged on (Computer management > Sessions), but is there a log somewhere of the history?

If Windows Server does not record this information, can you suggest a 3rd party tool that might?

Thanks!
Joe
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by:pony10us
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Are you wanting to check past history or going forward? Is all you want is the user and time they log in?

Something as simple as adding this to the login script would work:

rem The following line creates a rolling log file of usage by user
echo Log In %Date% %TIME% %COMPUTERNAME% >> \\servername\Logs\User\%USERNAME%.log

and if you want log off as well:

rem The following line creates a rolling log file of usage by user
echo Log Off %Date% %TIME% %COMPUTERNAME% >> \\servername\Logs\User\%USERNAME%.log

This will give you a running log of what computer and when in a file with the users name. You can reverse the %COMPUTERNAME% and %USERNAME% if you want to monitor by computer (who logs into a specific computer and when).
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by:jcaprio
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Hello -

I would like to check past history as well as going forward if possible? Is there a solution for both ways at this point?

Would you please give a detailed description on how to set up your suggestion above and also where to go to view the results?

Thank you!
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To review past history you will have to rely on the event viewer.  It depends on how much history is retained in the event viewer and then you have to search it for logon events 528 and 540 for successful logons.

As for how to implement the code above, simply add the first one to the logon script and the second one to the logoff script of your domain. It will create a file in the shared folder "\\servername\logs" (replace "servername" with the name of the server you where the share is located) named for the user with a .log extension which you can open/read with notepad since it is just a text file.

Let me know if I need to explain further.
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