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How can I track all the executables on my server?

How can I log the execution of a certain set of executables on several Windows 2000 boxes? I am using this to determine the utilization of licenses. Moreover, I am hoping to do this remotely. I guess I'm looking for some type of process log with timing info. Any ideas?

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You can turn on event auditing, through the group policy editor to log every instance of a program being run and then filter the results from the system log using a third-party tool. The exact event you would be looking for is "Audit process tracking," which tracks all executables. Be sure to turn this on for both failure and success to get the most comprehensive logging possible.

This was first published in June 2003

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