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Network monitoring tools

Hello Experts,

I have a Windows network, I have setup network shared drives that users access. I'm looking for the best solution to monitor the use of the resorses on the shared drives, I would like to see which user opens the folders and files in them, know who modified, copied, deleted them.
What is the best solution to acomplish that?

Thakn you,

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Steven CarnahanNetwork ManagerCommented:
We use a program called File System Auditor from Scriptlogic.
If they are based off the NTFS file system, you can audit each share by going into advanced properties of the file folder that hosts the share and select the audit tab. Once done, event logs will be created and you can then create a custom event subscription to audit the share.

So, step 1:  Set up Auditing on the share
Step 2: Set up custom/filtered event subscriptions on that audit for a custom event log view.
like the above, enable auditing on the network folders.

Then search for SIEM tools, alot of them offer free editions to monitor 1 server,

then using the SEIM tools create threads based on EventID's

i.e. file access, file delete, printing, copying etc

You can even create email alerts based on if an event is generated and so on........
FileAudit will do the job. This software solution will allow you to:

- Monitor access (or access attempts) to sensitive files and folders stored on Windows systems
- Automatically archive all file access events occurring on one or several Windows systems for future reference
- Display file and folder access history in a printable report that can be scheduled to run automatically
- Export file and folder access history data to Excel for in-depth analysis and control

Detailed features and trial download:

Hope it'll help!
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