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    Question Forceably Logoff User

    Hi folks,

    Every now and then we have the situation where a student has logged on somewhere in the school, forgotten to logoff, and then needs to logon elsewhere. Hence we need to log them off from all PCs in the school, so they can then logon.

    Google shows a variety of methods of doing this, but they either apply to old versions of server, or are complex.

    I just wanted to check with the latest version of server whether there was yet an elegant way to do this, or whether it's still complex?

    (We use Ranger, just in case that has a tool for doing this)

    TIA

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    Does it need to be done server side? There are plently of simple ways of doing it via script with WMI calls (or programs like EduRemote in my signature).

    Just sends a WMI command to force logoff. (Unless Ranger blocks that for any reason?)

    Steve

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    pslogged on from pstools will find the machine, psshutdown will log them off.

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    Ideally server side, as the problem is trying to hunt down which PC the student is logged into.

    I've tried EduRemote but get "Access denied" errors have tested it on one of the PCs here, albeit with an administrator that should have cross-domain rights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strawberry View Post
    pslogged on from pstools will find the machine, psshutdown will log them off.
    psloggedon looks good, although is proving very slow in practise to identify where users are logged on.

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    Why do the students need to log out before they log in again?

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    The way I solved it was by using data collected by Lansweeper to check which computer they logged on to last. However, if you don't have any software currently tracking logons, it does make it quite tricky.

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    would it not be possible to get a script that on logon added the pcname to the users description field. You can certainly add pc specs info taht way on pc bootup see no reason why the same logic cant be applied to users

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    Quote Originally Posted by p858snake View Post
    Why do the students need to log out before they log in again?
    Somewhere it is set so they can only be logged on once (Ranger possibly?).

    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    The way I solved it was by using data collected by Lansweeper to check which computer they logged on to last. However, if you don't have any software currently tracking logons, it does make it quite tricky.
    All we have over and above Windows Server is Ranger. I'm checking with RM whether it has any of this functionality.

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    Ranger's LAN Ranger Server > Network Explorer has a variety of views of logged on students, and can forceably log them off, as well as restart and shut down a PC. Hurrah!

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    we have a startup script that creates a hidden file called logincookie.dat this has date and time machine name

    on log off it deletes the file

    if the file exists the system displays a message and says you are logged on to machine name then logs the user off

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    Quote Originally Posted by strawberry View Post
    pslogged on from pstools will find the machine, psshutdown will log them off.
    I'm not sure if psshutdown is Windows 7 compatible :-$

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    Quote Originally Posted by rinzwind View Post
    Also was looking for a way to do this: try this small utility: LogoffStandby
    @rinzwind, are you the author of this software?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davit2005 View Post
    I'm not sure if psshutdown is Windows 7 compatible :-$
    It is. Use it here all the time.

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    I stand corrected :-)



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