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How do I find the IP with only a UserID?

By techrepublic ·
I am trying to remotely fix desktop issues without interaction from the user or requiring the user to show me what their IP address is before I can help. How might I find out only which machine a user is currently logged into in my environment?

I have so far found the following resources but neither have allowed me to accomplish this:

1) - This site talks about a beta program being released by microsoft but it has not yet been released. I think this would help once it comes out but I need it sooner than that.

2) psloggedon.exe - This is a tool from but it displays all computers the PC has ever logged into and not which they are currently logged into. It also has to access the registry of each PC which is very time-consuming and with over 2000 desktops in our enviroment it's not a good solution.

I do not have access to the WINS or DNS Servers nor the Domain Controller although I do have admin rights on the network and on every PC. I also have access to the admin tools for active-directory to manage the user OU.

Environment: On domain using Active-Directory.
PCs: All Windows XP - approx 2000 machines.
IDs: All standard naming convention

Please, if you give a solution, explain how to do it or reference a website that does. Thanks!

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by techrepublic In reply to How do I find the IP with ...

Here's what I used to fix my problem.

1) installed SMS on my PC.
2) used SMS queries to scan "systems by last login". All I need to do is type in their ID and it gives me all kinds of info. It's real-time and very accurate, does not flood the network and I have permission to do so.

Thanks all for the help.

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