Solved: Windows 2003 Server - View login history?

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cards1007

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We're using a Windows 2003 Server as a terminal server. I know how to see who is currently logged in, but what I want to find is a login history to get an idea of how much usage the machine is getting.

Does anyone know how if it's possible to view a history of logins on a Windows 2003 Server system?
 
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Not really any great built in utilities, but...

You could go into the windows event viewer and look in the security log. If you right click the security log then view, and then filter. Choose security for the event source. You will see different categories to choose from (Account Logon/Logoff might do the trick). There should be some other filter options too. I guess this would assume that you are auditing logon and logoff events in the local security policy :)
 

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That worked perfectly, thanks! For anyone reading this who wants to do the same thing, you'll find that there are multiple events for each user session; user logon, user initiates logoff, logoff starts, logoff completes successfully, etc. To get an idea just on the number of logins per day, I found the event ID for user logon and filtered on that. I don't have access to that machine right now, but if I remember right, that event ID is 528.
 
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