Affordable (preferably freeware or open-source)  Security Event Management for Windows 2003 Server and XP clients.

Posted on 2006-03-22
Last Modified: 2013-12-03
I've been trying to find an affordable, easy to use, Security Event Management (SEM) system for my customers, and have had absolutely zero luck. Apparantly, affordable, easy to use, and SEM only occur in the same sentence on my blog      (darnitol.blogspot,com). Systems I looked into costed from around $1,000/year (this is for 10 PC's and a server) to upwards to $100,000 (I didn't look at that one for long), and seemed overwhelming to say the least. What I need is a system that does a few things:

   1. Tells me who logged onto which computer, when, and when they logged off.
   2. Tells me if somebody logged on during a time they do not typically log on, or if someone used a computer that they don't normally use.
   3. Watches a few directories on the server, and lets me know which and when files are accessed, changed, or deleted.
   4. Is simple enough to use that any Business Office Manager or Facility Admnistrator can use it.
Question by:darnitol500
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    A free software like that, I think will be hard to find.

    Why you doesn't try it:

    - Create policys in the Active Directory to all clients so they audit and log into eventlog "logins", "logouts", "file changes", etc.

    - Install a Syslogd-NG and use to centralize the Log.

    Maybe you should need to code some scripts to make some stuff you need...

    Hope this help.

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    Look to this, maybe some can be useful:

    Hope this help,

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    I've crawled all over Sourceforge, and have found some bits and pieces that when combined could be a good start towards what I'm looking for. has the immenantly useful Free Windows Network User Accounting tool - you can read more of my opinion on my aforementioned blog.

    Remember, what I'm after is a system any idiot can use!

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