Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I am concerned that one of our servers is being abused for a few various reasons.

Is there a tool that can send a popup message when ever a user logons onto the server?


share|improve this question

Unfortunately Windows does not have a mechanism for doing what you want, so the simplest solution by far is to do as Nick has already said.

Faced with a similar need for one particular user account I use logon and logoff scripts that utilise Blat to send me an email whenever that accounts is logged on or off. Simple, bordering on being crude, but surprisingly effective. Even more importantly, I receive the notification even if my machine is off at the moment the logon/logoff occurs. Additionally, the script, appends the time and date to a log file, which is easier to read than the Windows event logs.

share|improve this answer

Why not just look for logon events in the server's event log?

You could do something crude like create a logon script that fires a net send message every time the user logs in

share|improve this answer
Better check for successful logons as well. – John Gardeniers May 25 '10 at 9:43

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.