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Re: [K12OSN] Audit techniques? off-topic?

This may be way too basic for your needs, and it may not be useful depending
on your set up but here's a section of a netlogon.bat file that I use for my
Windows clients that log into Linux/Samba-based PDC:

REM **** Log total number of executables
dir c:\*.exe /s >h:\.exe-list

This generates a list of executables from a client machine when the client
logs in and saves it to their home directory.  With some creative scripting
you might use this info to parse out which clients have which apps loaded on
their systems.  Just a thought...

If you have a windows box try it out and you will see what the formatting
looks like.  I think it could be easily adapted to create a database of
client/local applications which would be a beginning of you auditing:

dir c:\*.exe /s > c:\exe-list.txt

BTW, I didn't come up with that line, it comes from the extremely useful
How-To by Scott Merrill at:


Implementing a Samba PDC isn't for the faint of heart though, you have to
make sure you have permission *right* on both the *nix AND the Samba sides
or things really get out of hand.  It works though, as I am sure many here
could attest...

James Jensen
"Perilous to us all are the devices of an art deeper than we possess
ourselves.". -- JRR Tolkien

----- Original Message -----
From: "Quentin Hartman" <qhartman lane k12 or us>
To: <k12os riverdale k12 or us>
Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2002 12:00 PM
Subject: [K12OSN] Audit techniques? off-topic?

This might be swaying a little off-topic as it is only pseudo-relevant to
linux machines, so move along if you are a major "Topic Lawyer".


Here's the deal: I am trying to work on an internal audit of hardware and
software in my district so we will be prepared when the Giant of the North
(inevitably?) comes knocking. I am curious what tricks any of you might
have come up with to make the process of collecting information from
computers go more quickly and smoothly. I have looked at software from
Belarc and Lanauditor, which would be ideal, but are far too costly for my
poor little school district; that money could buy a lot of books (or
licenses for OS's for that matter...).
I am considering putting together a web-driven database system using
filemaker (I would use SQL, but I don't think I know it well enough to get
it running in the relatively small timeframe I have for this project), but
that still means a lot of manual entry. I have found a program called
FreshDiagnose which will suck out all the information about the computer,
but it doesn't put store it in a particularly useful format, and I wonder
if it might end up being more work than manual entry.

-Thanks for any suggestions-

Tech Support Specialist
Fern Ridge School District
Elmira, OR

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