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Solitaire Junkies

By drb ·
It has been reported to me (via a somewhat reliable source) that a couple of users are certified solitaire junkies. I am on an NT 4.0 network and would like to somehow monitor this.

Is there a way I can see when and for how long a user is playing solitaire? The 'When' part of my question is especially important to me b/c if it they play during breaks or lunch I don't want to place any restrictions or uninstall the games.

Thank you

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by It's Not Easy Being Green In reply to Solitaire Junkies

One answer I would have for you is SMS. You can run querries etc. against the software running on the client machines. The answer that comes to mind that may just be me talking from my backside but... (gonna need to check a good book for this one) if you can attach a marker to the .exe file that lanches solitare and have taskmanager log it in the background, you have a viable way to check it. Logging each time the app is used this way will even give you a time stamp.

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by drb In reply to Solitaire Junkies

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by garoe48 In reply to Solitaire Junkies

I would take Solitaire off their machines, put it on the server, and then redirect their shortcuts. They shouldn't notice anything. Then monitor and log read access on Solitaire.exe.

Best, Glenn

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by garoe48 In reply to Solitaire Junkies

This solution WILL tell you what user is accessing the file.

Best, Glenn

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by drb In reply to Solitaire Junkies

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by Aaron_Wurthmann In reply to Solitaire Junkies

Answer number one: That is a little expensive for such a small task don't you think.
Answer number two: That won't tell you who is accessing it.
My Answer:
Windows NT/2000 Resource kit has a tool called pulist.exe. You can use this tool to see what apps are running on a remote machine. syntax: "pulist \\MACHINE" If you like you can write it out to a file "pulist \\MACHINE > file.txt" And you can take it a step further by scheduling it if you like via AT.exe or MS Schedule Tasks. E-mail me ifyou need some more help with this.

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by Aaron_Wurthmann In reply to Solitaire Junkies

Oh yeah I forgot to mention that the Solitaire app shows up as SOL.exe (coincidence, I think not)

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by drb In reply to Solitaire Junkies

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by McKayTech In reply to Solitaire Junkies

This is one of those situations where what is technically feasible may not be what is best. I think putting this much effort into protecting their right to play limited amounts of Solitaire on a company asset is a little mis-guided.

If they are productive, leave them alone. If not, deal with that rather than with the reasons they don't get their work done. Otherwise, you're making value judgements without much of a rational basis (i.e. 30 minutes of Solitaire is not okay, but 30 minutes ofMinesweeper is...)

But if you feel compelled to do something, I think you're a lot safer just removing the Solitaire as compared to implementing a rather invasive monitoring program based on a few anecdotal reports from people that you regard as only "somewhat reliable".

paul

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