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By caestelle ·
We have some remote users that my boss wants me to check daily to see if they logging onto our domain. So, I have a script that runs everyday and puts the last logon time of all of our remote users into a log file. Well, today my boss was particularly interested in one user so I decided to check just that one rather than sifting through the log file with him looking over my shoulder.

So, I was planning on running the following command: net user username /domain

Instead I typed: net send username /domain

Which proceeded to send a message to every computer on our network simply containing that username.
Needless to say, that generated alot of calls from users wanting to know what the message was and what to do with it.

Oh well...I guess you just have to laugh.

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hahah

by advancedgeek In reply to IT blooper...

That's a good time...we had an issue with someone doing this at an extremely large network one time...some guy was apparently talking junk about his boss and sent it to the entire network of around 10,000 users. I was told he was fired for it...LOL.

BTW...I never use "net user"...could ya explain a lil more about the info it gives, and the syntax to use?

Thanks!

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Net user syntax..

by caestelle In reply to hahah

The command is simply:
net user username /domain

Obviously, replace username with the username you are interested in finding info on.

Below is a sample of what info is return:

User name username
Full Name User?s full name
Comment
User's comment
Country code 000 (System Default)
Account active Yes
Account expires Never

Password last set 1/21/2005 10:56 AM
Password expires Never
Password changeable 1/22/2005 10:56 AM
Password required Yes
User may change password No

Workstations allowed All
Logon script
User profile
Home directory
Last logon 3/29/2004 12:30 PM

Logon hours allowed All

Local Group Memberships *RAS and IAS Servers
Global Group memberships *RAS Enabled *Domain Users
The command completed successfully.

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ahhh

by advancedgeek In reply to Net user syntax..

now i know why it didn't work...i thought the "/domain" was supposed to be the domain the user account is in.

nice though...i can use this...thx.

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Desktop Blooper

by Roger99a In reply to IT blooper...

We had a guy that wanted to play a trick and put a photo of me on my desktop using the Active Directory. He put it on all the computers on the network. Everybody knows who I am now. We got a lot of phone calls on that one, too.

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My boss did this one

by jdclyde In reply to IT blooper...

On a Unix box he wanted to use the WALL command, which gives the same results off a message on everyones screen to let them know the server was going down for updates and to please log off.

You can use redirectors to wall a text file when you send the same message over and over.

He used the wrong director. Instead of directing the text file into the wall command, he redirected OVER the wall command. (oops).

He and the other tech were looking rather sheepish when I got in, and explained that the wall command wasn't working. One try to run it and a quick look at the history file told me all I needed to know. Recovered the command from tape and all was well. I then taped instructions on how to use the wall command on the councel.

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