Anyone experiencing Websense eating up IP's thereby increasing licensing cost?

Posted on 2011-03-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
We are constantly increasing our Websense licenses due to the amount of IP addresses it tracks for port 80 activity.  We are now up to 700 licenses and only have 200 people in our company.  Each workstation nic, wireless nic, vpn connection seems to suck up another IP address and it's getting out of hand.  Is this the way Websense makes their money???  Any advice is appreciated.  Especially if you've found a way around this nonsense.  Thx in Adv.
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Hutch_77 earned 250 total points
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Yes I found a way around it.. we left for Cuda web monitor...

We worked for months with them and no resolution.

Our big issue was VPN being added.
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Websense calculates license by IP address passing thru the mirrored switch port and passing thru the integrated gateway (router/proxy/firewall).
If your DHCP is changing frequently IP address, then you are in trouble, if your clients connect and browse the internet thru VPN, again you are in trouble as the number of IPs will be very large.
To reduce the number of IPs recorded in the license table, increase the time of DHCP lease, and make sure that only clients accessing the internet go thru that port.
An IP address recorded in the license database is automatically deleted after 24 hours of not being used.
To reset the license DB, restart WS services.
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Any luck?
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Any luck?
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