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    Active Directory Real-time Monitoring Tool?

    Are there any tools out there (freeware or pay) that monitor user sessions in real-time for Windows 2003 Active Directory?

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    Google search

    Monitoring Tool

    Im not sure if thats what ur looking for, i just did a quick Google search.
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    Thank you for your advice, but that's not quite what I'm looking for. I too have done many google searches and have not found what I'm looking for. I currently use freeware tools to monitor my servers performance, bandwidth, and other essential data. What I'm looking for is a tool that monitors Active Directory user sessions in real-time. For example I need a tool that displays who is currently logged in, when they logged in, session ID, OU, etc. I hope this clears things up a bit.

    Thanks

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    perhaps you are looking for something that would parse the event log?
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    That is a good start. If I can write something that grabs the security audits in the event log and constantly updates. But, I still can't find a place (even in the event logs) that displays the user (username) that logs in to a particular machine.

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    This may not be exactly what you are looking for but it is damm close, and I have seen them customize thir monitors for spacific needs before (of course you pay through the nose for that service.)

    http://www.netiq.com/solutions/secur...nistration.asp

    As for useres logged into a machine you need to look into your security policy and make sure you are logging sucessfull logins then it will show up in the security logs.
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    Thank you everyone. This is really getting somewhere...Maestr0: That was great info...is there a simple VB program or something I can really customize and configure to read the event logs, grab the information I need, and update the information every like 15-30sec.? I would like to display the info in a spreadsheet like graph (think console snap-in) and be able to create graphs and catagorize the data for easy viewing. I know I'm asking a lot but, maybe what I'm looking for dosen't exist and with some help form you guys I can develop somehthing that will be very useful to MS Admins.

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    unonthedl: it exists allready, netiq basicly dose that, if you grab a copy of redmond magazine you will see add for a number of compnaies with this product (all my mags are currently unacessable ) try looking up active directory managment tools on msn or google.
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    You may also want to look at the micrsoft windows 2003 admin pack or resource kit tools. I havnt' dealt with the 2k3 versions of these products but they may have what you are looking for
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