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How to see log of network file deletions and receive alerts about it

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Hello all, I have two separate networks infrastructures but am in need of the same application. I want to make sure that I receive alerts or at least have an easy way of finding out if users are deleting files on the file servers? What is the best app for this?

Please do not suggest Event Viewer or anything that requires manual labor of combing through logs. I am looking for an easy, intuitive, possibly automatic way of getting reports of which files are being deleted?

The networks have a Win2003, Win2008 domain controller with Active Directory, Group Policies, and Spiceworks running. All workstations are WinXP based.

Thank you in advance!
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by:eugene20022002
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Download and try the trial software Here
Its called AD Audit plus.
Awesome product. I use it daily for reports, and it actively e-mails you when someone creates or deletes an AD user, when anything in AD changes that you specify for it to be monitor and alert.
Its a web interface and takes about 3minutes to install.
Has a File server module that will do EXACTLY what you are looking for.
Give it a try and let me know.

Regards
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by:XAnalyzer
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Hi eugene thanks for your prompt reply. Software looks promising and I am downloading it now to try it out and will let you know. By any chance do you know how much it costs for a 1 server license? I notice they don't state the price on the site.
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by:eugene20022002
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you will find the pricing there http://www.manageengine.com/products/active-directory-audit/pricing-details.html

here is the link to there online store http://www.manageengine.com/products/active-directory-audit/store.html

Also have a look at the following products. One of them seems to have a limited free version which could do the trick
 NetWrix File Server Change Reporter
 VARONIS® DATADVANTAGE® FOR WINDOWS

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Very expensive although intuitive in design. GFI LANguard Security Event Log Monitor seems like a better, more affordable fit?
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I havent used the events manager myself but I do use gfi software and must say their support, online chat and remote support is pretty good. Pricing it is better. Install both, compare the difference in features and ease of use.

Have you tried the free version of NetWrix?
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by:XAnalyzer
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The free version seems extremely limited and only reports for two days: today and yesterday which is a sticking point. I'll try the free trial at some point. I just want to confirm that with all of the software you suggested, you get an email alert of when and who changed/modified files?
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With AD Audit Im 100% sure you get e-mail alerts

GFI - Alerts but not sure if via e-mail , possibly it does though

NetWrix - as you said, the free version is very limited and would probable not suite your needs

Varonis - Not sure but does seem overkill for your needs

PA File Sight - Looks like a great tool and seems to meet your needs. (Yet another to evaluate :-)
http://www.poweradmin.com/file-sight/


Before I found Ad Audit , another piece of software I evaluated was from Quest http://www.quest.com/changeauditor-for-windows-file-servers/
It seemed good, bt was a bit pricy and not as easy to setup and use.

I think the only way you going to find what you looking for is by trying them out and seeing which one you like best.

Good Luck
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