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List of users logon to AD [message #156562] Fri, 19 June 2009 09:51 Go to next message
spmx43  is currently offline spmx43  United States
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Can I generate a list or number of users logon to AD ?
Just looking for the total number of users.
thanks


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Re: List of users logon to AD [message #156570 is a reply to message #156562] Fri, 19 June 2009 13:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
rlmueller-nospam  is currently offline rlmueller-nospam  United States
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> thanks
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Active Directory does not keep track of who is logged in or where. Neither
do the Domain Controllers you authenticate to. It is possible to determine
the last logon date/time for all users, but that requires querying every DC
in the domain. Nothing tracks when users logoff or which computer they are
using. I cannot think of any command line tools that would help.

I have used logon and logoff scripts configured in Group Policy to append
user names and times to a shared log file during logon and logoff. It would
then be possible to query the shared log file for the number of users that
are still logged on. However, this count would be fooled by situations where
the client crashed or the user powered off without logging off. If this
interests you, I have example logon and logoff scripts linked here:

http://www.rlmueller.net/Logon5.htm

Another option might be LimitLogon. See this link:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2005.05.utilitys potlight.aspx

I don't have experience with it, but I think you can use it to track current
logons.

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Re: List of users logon to AD [message #156571 is a reply to message #156562] Fri, 19 June 2009 14:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Raghuramji  is currently offline Raghuramji  India
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On Jun 19, 6:51 pm, spmx43 <spmx43.3u1...@DoNotSpam.com> wrote:
> Can I generate a list or number of users logon to AD ?
> Just looking for the total number of users.
> thanks
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You can use JiJi Active Directory Reports for listing currently logged
on users.

Have a look here http://www.adutils.com/products/activedirectoryreports/windo ws-active-directory-reports.html
Re: List of users logon to AD [message #156575 is a reply to message #156570] Fri, 19 June 2009 13:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
spmx43  is currently offline spmx43  United States
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Thanks for the info,
My boss thinks this is and easy task...

Trying to get him to purchace some tool for us.
Thanks again


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Re: List of users logon to AD [message #156597 is a reply to message #156562] Sat, 20 June 2009 05:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
meiweb(nospam)  is currently offline meiweb(nospam)  Germany
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Hello spmx43,

There is no builtin option to have control about. You can use logon/logoff
scripting for that.

Best regards

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> Can I generate a list or number of users logon to AD ?
> Just looking for the total number of users.
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Re: List of users logon to AD [message #156598 is a reply to message #156562] Sat, 20 June 2009 08:51 Go to previous message
Marcin  is currently offline Marcin  United States
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As Richard and Meinolf have stated, if you want to determine all currently
logged on users, you would have to resort to some soft of workaround that
keeps track of both logon and logoff (note that applies strictly to
interactive logons). If you want to find out what users have logged on
between specific point in time in the past and the current time, you can
examine LastLogon attribute of each user object (or potentially a
combination of LastLogon and LastLogonTimestamp - as per
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/939899) - just keep in mind that this
requires querying this value on every domain controller in the domain.
Alternatively, you could also use for this purpose dsquery (with inactive
switch) or oldcmp utility from joeware.net

hth
Marcin

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