audit web traffic with group policy

Posted on 2012-08-22
Last Modified: 2012-12-24
Hello experts, apparently we can use group policy interface on a microsoft server to audit web information of every computer linked in a windows network. I read that by activating auditing and specifying the scope of the audit we can get reports.
We want to see all links , web addresses that users use, by user name. I know there are full featured software / hardware products out there. Just wondering about peoples experience of this feature set already included in server o/s, and how sophisticate the reporting is.
We have server 2008.
Any considerations or advice before we try this? thanks.
Question by:unrealone1
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    You can't to this with group policy (alone), you need to install and configure a proxy server.
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    Short Answer: using just GP you will not be able to see what you want.

    The maximum you will be able to do in regards to web access monitoring using GP is monitor when Internet browsers are opened, when downloaded files are accessed.
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    ... there are lots to choose from, some very expensive, some free, and some that fall between the two.

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    Ok I'll look into this, thanks

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