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Viewing current user sessions

Discussion in 'Networks' started by philbenson, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. philbenson

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    Is it possible - in Windows Server 2003 - to view a list of users who are currently logged on to rhe network, and which client they are using?

    When asked this by a colleague, my initial thoughts were towards the Event Viewer. We're essentially talking about viewing existing login sessions. But this doesn't seem to provide the kind of "realtime, view at a glance" list that I'm looking for.

    If there isn't a way of doing this using native Windows components, there must be an add-in that I could download somewhere.
     
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  2. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Right click My Comp, Manage, Shared Folders, Sessions.

    At least this only works if they are connected to a network share, so its best to do this from somewhere like a fileserver. 8)
     
  3. philbenson

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    So if they connected to a network share as part of a login script that would do it automatically then yes? I've done that previously but there never seems to be as many listed there as are known to be logged into the network.
     
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  4. philbenson

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    We're in a school here and its break time at the moment. I know that all 40 PCs in the library are currently being used by pupils, yet both domain controllers are only showing about 6 connections in the Sessions node.
     
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  5. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    There are a number of third party management tools that can allow you to do what you want, but unfortunately they cost money. I'm not aware of any other solution on a pure Windows system. :(
     
  6. hbroomhall

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    Isn't there something from Winternals that might cover this?

    Harry.
     
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  7. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Just been thinking about this Phil, is this a Windows 2003 Domain environment?

    MS have a Management tool designed for schools called Learning Network Manager, that is supposed to do things like you are asking for, but I have never tried it.

    It is a free resource, but MS never officially supported it, so it is only available from certain places. PM me if you want to know where copies are available from.

    8)
     
  8. Gaz 45

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    Won't CConnect do this for you?
     
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  10. r.h.lee

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    philbenson,

    Is the Windows Server 2003 in a workgroup or a domain?
     
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  11. Baba O'Riley

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    I was just reading another thread where someone was recommending Angry IP scanner, which is free, and noticed on their website that it does this:

    I remembered this thread and thought it might do what you're after Phil.

    HTH:D
     
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  12. zebulebu

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    LOL - I think this was my thread!

    I love it - its one of the best free tools available outside the SysInternals stable. I've used it for so many things I've lost count

    You could also script it - I've seen an ADSI script that enumerated all user sessions on a domain. Gawd knows where it was though!
     
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  13. Baba O'Riley

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    Sounds like they thought of everything with that baby!
     
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