ISA Server

We would like to begin monitoring "Who goes to what websites" and if possible, "How long they're there."  There is so much conflicting documentation on ISA server, I can't tell if it does this or if I need additional software.

Any ideas?
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Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:
First of all, what version do you have. ISA can certainly do it and it is easily set up. Let me know the version and I'll walk you through.
wylde342Author Commented:
ISA 2004 Standard.

Thank you Keith.
Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:
OK.I am assuming you are logging the data to an MSDE database so that the data is kept for reports to be generated from. If not, no real problem but we will need to change it later if you want to run comparison and trend reports.

There are two ways of getting the information.

1. Open the Gui and click on monitoring - logging - click on start query. By default this is all traffic in 'real-time'. You will notice the query says 'live'. You can edit the query and change the timeline to last 24 hours, week, month etc as you wish. this is the method for quick checks, troubleshooting and monitoring etc.

2. select monitoring - reports.
On the right hand-side, click on create & configure report jobs.
Click add in the new window
Give it a name
Select the info you want to see in the report
Select when/how often you want to run the report
select if you want to publish the report in html to a directory when its completed.
Select if you want to be emailed so that you know the report has run
select finisih
Click on create and configure reports again and highlight your report.
Select run now.

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wylde342Author Commented:
Nice work Keith; points!!!
Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:
No problem. Any other issues, give me a call in the firewalls topic area.

You may find that it deals with IP addresses more than names. If you want to catch all the individual usernames from Active Directory etc (and to filter everything to the 9th degree, you may want to consider deploying the ISA firewall client. This lets you block/allow absolutely anything and everything, but thats for another day :)


wylde342Author Commented:
Ohhh...I like that.  Where is some information about that?
Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:
On the CD there is a directory called clients or MSclients.

What it does is change to default web port outging from 80 to 8080 and makes things authenticate to the proxy server. So you then get control of things by using your active directory user names and groups etc.

When you are ready, log a question and we can go through it as you need. I woud STRONGLY suggest that you put it on one machine or two first and get used to it before you deploy it estate-wide.

You are about to become a very powerful and popular person :) Everyone is going to want to be your best friend....
Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:
Doing myself out of points here but this is a good link to get you started with.

wylde342Author Commented:
LOL, watch the firewalls the next few mins.  
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