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Finger

Published: April 17, 2012

Updated: April 17, 2012

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

Displays information about a user or users on a specified remote computer (typically a computer running UNIX) that is running the Finger service or daemon. The remote computer specifies the format and output of the user information display. Used without parameters, finger displays help. For examples of how this command can be used, see Examples.

Syntax
finger [-l] [<User>] [@<Host>] [...]
Parameters

 

Parameter Description

-l

Displays user information in long list format.

<User>

Specifies the user about which you want information. If you omit the User parameter, finger displays information about all users on the specified computer.

@<Host>

Specifies the remote computer running the Finger service where you are looking for user information. You can specify a computer name or IP address.

/?

Displays Help at the command prompt.

Remarks

Multiple User@Host parameters can be specified.

You must prefix finger parameters with a hyphen (-) rather than a slash (/).

This command is available only if the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol is installed as a component in the properties of a network adapter in Network Connections.

The Windows Server 2003 does not provide a finger service.

Examples

To display information for user1 on the computer users.microsoft.com, type:

finger user1@users.microsoft.com

To display information for all users on the computer users.microsoft.com, type:

finger @users.microsoft.com