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identify the work station host name using the users logon name

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Hi, if i get the users logon name can i run a command that will display the computer name that the user is logged onto? We are on w 2008 AD domain

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There really isn't a good way to do this in Windows / Active Directory.

PsLoggedOn scans the remote computer's registry and shows you WHAT/WHO is logged on.  I think you have to give it the computer's name, so if you don't know that, you have to feed it a list of computers.  But scanning the registry for a large block of computers is rather intense.

The PS script is even more extreme, in that it grabs all computers, then runs a WMI query against them looking for (I think) the user associated with the explorer process.  WMI may not work for every computer and it may be really slow if you have a large number of computers.

Try these techniques, I just wanted to let you know what they do so you understand how they work and perhaps why they may not.

If you have to do this task a lot, and your users are presumably in Active Directory, see if you are running logon scripts and such, and what can be done is to append to a text file with each user's logon the date, time, computername, etc. and then you can easily search that.
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