Tracking comings and goings


Tracking comings and goings
Adesh Rampat

If there is a security problem at your company, Windows can help. In this tip, Adesh tells us how you can use Windows to track the arrival and departure (well, the network logon) for employees. So if something funny is happening to the network, or equipment is developing legs, you can see who was on the network (and, therefore, likely in the office) when the untoward events happened.

The information that is displayed by the Event Viewer can provide some useful information about employees' arrival/departure at/from work. Your company, like many, may not have a proper time keeping system in place. As a result, a manager may not be able to tell when an employee arrives or departs. For example and employee attends work at varying times instead of the regular 9:0 0 a.m. start time. To know when this employee is at work, a manager would have to be at his/her desk and monitor what time the employee arrives and leaves work. If you have to know when employees get to work and leave, this isn't a good situation. But the security view in the Event Viewer can be a helpful feature in tracking these events.

The first step, using Windows NT 4.0, is to set up logon hours for the employee in the user manager for domains. Performing the following can do this:

  • In user manager for domains, double-click on the user that needs to be monitored.

  • Click on the Hours button.

  • Select the hour at which the employee should logon/logoff using the grid.

  • Then click on the Allow/Disallow button.

  • Then click OK.

Once this chore is completed, you can go to the Event Viewer's security view, and browse until the employee's name is displayed. Double-clicking on the employee's name will then display the time the employee logged on to the network, which will, in most cases, represent the approximate time the employee attended work.

Adesh Rampat has 10 years experience with network and IT administration. He is a member of the Association of Internet Professionals, the Institute for Network Professionals and the International Webmasters Association. He has also lectured extensively on a variety of topics.

This was first published in November 2001

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