determine if client has logged off or locked computer

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Marcia, Nov 10, 2004.

  1. Marcia

    Marcia Guest

    Is there a way from the server to tell if a client has locked their
    workstation or logged off?

    ISA server shows the connections, which shows that the computer is powered

    How can I tell if they've logged off or minimally locked their computer?


    Marcia, Nov 10, 2004
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  2. Hi Marcia,

    Besides the connection in ISA that you can monitor, you can also check the
    Shared Folders in Servermanagement to see if that computer has open files on
    the server.
    If you go to the computers node in Servermanagement, and select the computer
    you can see the eventlogs and manage that computer. You can even power it
    down from 'manage computer', properties, tab Advanced, Shut down.
    Marina Roos [SBS-MVP], Nov 10, 2004
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  3. Well, if the workstations are WinXP Pro, you could try to access the
    workstation with an RDP session using a domain admin account. If the user
    is logged onto the machine or has it locked, the RDP session login will
    pause and ask if you want to forcibly log the user off.

    Installing VNC on each workstation and setting it up in "server' mode would
    also allow you to attempt a log on and you would be able to see if the
    workstation is locked or logged off.
    Merv Porter [SBS-MVP], Nov 10, 2004
  4. Marcia

    Marcia Guest

    Thanks to both of you. I was hoping for a non-rdp/vnc way. That is what I
    do now. If they have personal user files open, I'll zap them. The problem
    is I've been asked to enforce our internal written policy of "close all
    files and log off M-R; do that plus shut down on Friday" I can tell those
    who have left their computer on by ISA and Server Management, but if no
    files are opened, I can't figure out if they're locked or not using those
    tools. I've been forcing a shut down. Thanks.


    Marcia, Nov 10, 2004
  5. Marcia

    Alan Q Guest

    What I do is have the log-in script create a file on the server directory
    that includes the %COMPUTERNAME% as part of its file name.

    Then the log-out script deletes the file.

    So then the server directory usually has files only if a user is logged in.

    Not bulletproof (someone can power off a computer without logging out), but
    it works pretty well.

    Alan Q, Nov 13, 2004
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