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How can I check if a specific user is logged in on a specific computer on my active directory network? I am administrator in this network and would prefer to do it with powershell but I am open to other options.

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Do you want to test for a specific user, a specific computer, a specific user on a specific computer or just anyone on any computer? – John Gardeniers Jul 18 '11 at 10:26
Specific user in a specific computer. – Artur Carvalho Jul 18 '11 at 10:40
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PSLoggedOn from the fine folks at SysInternals will do this.

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Thank you mfinni, it works! – Artur Carvalho Jul 18 '11 at 11:44

Here's a little function I whipped up to do this natively in powershell, without requiring PSLoggedOn.

It's very rough and could certainly use some polish, but it demonstrates the important information: use Get-WmiObject and query the Wim32_ComputerSystem class for the username property.

Unfortunately I think this is only accurate for locally logged on users -- you won't be able to see if a person is logged in over RDP with this method.

Here's the code:

function Test-LoggedOn {
    [regex]$pattern = "({\w}\\)?$($username.replace('\','\\'))"
    $wmi = Get-WmiObject -query "select username from win32_computersystem" -ComputerName $computername
    return $wmi.username -match $pattern
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I have created a powershell function based on this link. It shows some text of the psloggedon command that I still don't know how to remove and the function has a loot of room for improvement... But it works, so HTH somebody else.

function UserLoggedOn{
    param($pc, $user)

    # creates an object with the fields Computer, Domain and User.  
    [object[]]$sessions = Invoke-Expression "d:\scripts\PsLoggedon.exe -x -l \\$pc" |
    Where-Object {$_ -match '^\s{2,}((?<domain>\w+)\\(?<user>\S+))|(?<user>\S+)'} |
    Select-Object @{ Name="Computer"

    $userfound = $false
    foreach($session in $sessions) {
        if ($session.User -eq $user) { $userfound = $true }

    if ($userfound) { Write-Host -ForegroundColor Green "$user is logged on \\$pc." }
    else  { Write-Host -ForegroundColor Red "$user is NOT logged on \\$pc." }

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