Websense

dtooth71
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HAs anyone used Websense w/ or w/out a PIX and if so what are your experiences/thoughts????  I am looking for a way to monitor network traffic in and out, be able to block sites, send restricted window when some one goes where they are not suppose too, ect.....
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Websense will give you exactly that, at a very fine granular control, especially if you have Win2k Active Directory.
You must have a firewall that works with the Websense server. PIX is ideal and works very very well.
Depending on the size of your network, suggest having two servers for WebSense. One for the Websense processor, and one for the logging/database for reporting. It is very easy to setup and very easy to work with. You can block by "category" and give users a time limit during the day - example: only 30 minutes a day can be spent on Sports sites, 1 hour on news sites, shopping sites are limited to lunch hour only, etc...

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the network is about 50 users, 1 server running Active Directory.  WHat is the cost??

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Also can you track individual users or just by traffic as a hole.  Does it give you the option to print reports??
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Les MooreSr. Systems Engineer
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Yes, you can track useage by individual username and/or ip address.
Yes, you get a whole slew of standard reports at the touch of a button...
You might be looking at $5000 for the license. With that few users, you can run both the application and the logging/database on the same server.

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Sorry to jump in on this thread..but I am just about to install websense on a Dual PIII 1133 with a gig of RAM ... we have 150 users...could I run everything on one server?
you could....  i have on a slightly faster system.
BUT

I would look into finding another server to host the database and reporting.  When Websense runs its reporting it utilizes a lot of ram and processing power.  The day to day filtering doesn't.  I believe that websense also does database mgmt. tasks on certain intervals that will tax the system, so this is unavoidable.

It is an amazing piece of software though.  You could buy a cheap server to host the database, or build up a reliable pc.
-Eric

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