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What free "network scan" software do you
recommend so I can find the names of any
Windows XP machines that are still connected ?
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Mohammed Khawaja earned 84 total points
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There are many of them:

1. SpiceWorks
2. LanSweeper
3. OCS Inventory

If you choose to not use a utility, you could write a GPO if you have Active Directory where a file will be written on the local machine.  Then you could take the file from each PC and compile it.  The GPO will call a batch file.

Another way to do it is to use Active Directory Users and Computers and create an advanced query as per below:
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by:Bryant Schaper
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Active Directory computers also have their OS in aduc.

are they AD computers?
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in active directory users and computers apply a filter, computer operating system version begins with 5.1 and run again with 5.2
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by:Mohammed Khawaja
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You have to remember that Windows Server 2003 will be show up in the result in you do a server for OS version 5.x.
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Good point, 5.2 is XP 64bit if you are running it and 2003.  You can do it by name as well, I don't have XP, but may just be begins with "Windows XP" in operating system
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by:Bryant Schaper
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Looks like XP Pro shows as "Windows XP Professional" so just a begins with "Windows XP" should work too.
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These AD filters show me all computers, including PCs that have been off the network for years.

How can I do something like
"Name = Windows XP" and
"Last Login = last 90 days" ?
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by:Bryant Schaper
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how about sucking it all into excel and running "
dsquery computer -inactive 90" from the command line to get stale computers older than 90.
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by:Bryant Schaper
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also adjust the query it is in weeks not days,

dsquery computer -inactive 13
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by:Kamran Arshad
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Hi,

You can use any tool. Some of the tools include;

spiceworks (already mentioned above)
http://open-audit.org/
http://nutsaboutnets.com/netsurveyor-wifi-scanner/
http://www.advanced-ip-scanner.com/
http://cheops-ng.sourceforge.net/index.php
http://www.networkview.com/
 http://angryip.org/w/Download

 
I personally recommend something like angryIP or advanced IP scanner
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by:Michael Rojek
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MyNet Toolset will do it free, among the myriad of other options listed.
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