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Increase User Logon Tracking Windows 2003 Server

By Desktop Tech Support at 2008-03-10 19:09:48
Issuing the command, nltest /dbflag:0x20000004 at a command prompt will maintain a log in a folder on the server. The directory is, %systemroot%\debug\netlogon.log. This folder and file are always there but are empty. By running this command, it will track user logon activity and very simple to do and see.

This method doesn't require additional services to be added or a server restart. The log file is always there but always empty. After issuing the command, user logon activity is logged and easier to view than the system or security log in Event Viewer.

To view failed logon attempts issue the command:

findstr /I "0xC0000064" c:\winnt\debug\netlogon.log >> d:\save\failed.txt

This will create a file that will contain only failed logon attempts and from which system they came from. Change the paths to match your system and location you wish to place the output file. The file could be emailed automatically at a scheduled interval using a batch file and Task Scheduler.

When the log grows to 19MB, it's backed up to a netlogon.bak file in the same folder and a new file is created. This is a low maintenance method to track logon attempts to the server to check for inside intruders and scanners that may be running against your desktops or servers trying to find unauthorized access.

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For more information on the command please download the following document from Microsoft:



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Running the command NLTEST on a server to increase computer user tracking is a very inexpensive method to monitor and more importantly have a record of server logins and by whom. A simple command that will make available if and when the time comes that a log or report is needed to possible counter some foul play or a network sever security threat.


I've used this method to increase user tracking and logins and logouts in a domain environement. Although at first there was no need to use the data that it can provide, along came the day when a question came up concerning some questionable actions by one of the users of the network and this information proved to be very helpful.

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By Michael Holman at 2018-05-02 02:08:33
Here a simple method is given that will tell you that how you may increase the user logon tracking window server by following an easy and simple method. There are so many best essay writing services that are telling us about these kind of issues.
By yon von rhinehardt at 2008-03-26 22:26:33
The findstr command has so many options available. It's useful for other projects,desktop or server, that require string manipulation.

By yon von rhinehardt at 2008-03-21 17:49:12
works great, thanks.



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