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How can I easily find what time a user logged into their computer Monday morning from the server? I am using 2008R2
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by:Paul MacDonald
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Turn on auditing of Account Logon events.
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by:JRome225
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I do have the auditing on but its over 200K entries under security. I tried filtering it using the domain\username but it wouldn't show anything.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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you have to check each DC's security audit logs. What I do is run a logon script that simply does
echo %username% logged onto %computername% date >> \\server\share\logons.txt
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by:NVIT
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Active Directory Administrative Center
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by:JRome225
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NewVillage, where about in the Admin Center would I find the logon report?
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by:NVIT
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When you pick the user, it shows at the bottom right (attached)
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by:NVIT
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One way to report all users at once is with PowerShell...

Open a CMD prompt

powershell

import-module ActiveDirectory
Get-ADUser -Filter * -Properties "LastLogonDate" | sort-object -property lastlogondate -descending | Format-Table -property name, lastlogondate -AutoSize

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by:JRome225
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I need it from Monday, is that possible?
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by:NVIT
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One out-of-the-box way is to set the GPO "Display information about previous logons during user logon".
But, I think by default this isn't set.

Computer Configuration| Policies | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Windows Logon Options | Display information about previous logons during user logon = Enabled
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Another way is LogParser http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=24659

This gets all logons, including machine and users:
LogParser "SELECT TimeGenerated AS LogonDate, EXTRACT_TOKEN(Strings, 0, '|') AS Account INTO Report.tsv FROM Security WHERE EventID NOT IN (541;542;543) AND EventType = 8 AND EventCategory = 2"

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Here's one to get a certain user:
LogParser "SELECT TimeGenerated AS LogonDate, EXTRACT_TOKEN(Strings, 0, '|') AS Account INTO Report.tsv FROM Security WHERE (EventID NOT IN (541;542;543) AND EventType = 8 AND EventCategory = 2 AND Account LIKE 'username')"

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Depending on your security event log settings the logs may have already been removed
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