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Posted on 2006-06-27
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Hello experts,

We are running Server 2003 and we have about 100 users which are on Windows 2000 and Windows XP. I would like to find a way to monitor these users' time on the internet, what sites they go to and how long they're there. As well as monitoring things such as instant messages.

Does anyone have any suggestions? (This does not have to be freeware)

Thanks in advance
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Hi,

One solution would be to implement a transparent proxy or a firewall such as ISA 2004.  This will allow you to not only add in depth monitoring add-on's but also add another layer of security to your network. The beauty of ISA 2004 is that you can set it up in such a way that your users on the network would never even know that it was there.

Have a look at this web site for more information regarding the monitoring of ISA Server: http://www.isaserver.org/software/ISA/Monitoring-&-Admin

Regards,
M
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I know that sometimes when you log in for the first time getting to the web takes a minute or two and it says at the bottom "detecting proxy settings", would I have to inform anyone of this add in? or will everything like Instant messengers detect and run right through the ISA too without any extra configuration?
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If you set up the ISA server correctly, it performs the task of a proxy server but acts as a firewall.  Your users would never know that the device was in place and no settings would be required for any of their applications.

Hope that was helpful.

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M
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