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Identify computers not being used

tonygpe
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I believe that we have computers on our domain that are not actively being used by users and I would like to highlight that to see if we can recoup those computers elsewhere. How can I identify the last time any user logged onto the computer and then translate that to the number of days since the computer was logged onto by anyone? I would like the end result to be a table of ComputerName, lastlogontimestamp, and actual number of days since last logged on by anyone in descending order

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richgalloway
SplunkTrust
SplunkTrust

This kinda falls into the category of searching for something that is not there. it's a challenge. See https://www.duanewaddle.com/proving-a-negative/ for a good discussion of it.

The first assumption is you have authentication logs in Splunk going back as far as needed to prove disuse.

Then there are two methods you could use. The first looks for the most recent logon for all computers.

index=foo sourcetype=someauthtype | stats max(_time) as lastLogon by ComputerName
| eval days=round((now() - lastLogon)/86400, 0)
| table ComputerName, lastLogon, days

The second approach is similar, but allows for computers with no record of a logon. It requires a list of all ComputerName values in a CSV file.

index=foo sourcetype=someauthtype | fillnull value=0 lastLogon _time 
| inputlookup append=true computers.csv
| stats max(_time) as lastLogon by ComputerName
| table ComputerName, lastLogon, days
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If this reply helps you, an upvote would be appreciated.
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tonygpe
New Member

Thanks...I will try the first one tomorrow because I think that will work.

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