Network Reporting Tool

Tony Giangreco
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I need a reporting tool that provides me with a daily or weekly report of the websites each employee browses on their network Pc. We are in a Windows 2008 R2 domain with 45 Pc’s and 5 servers.  With all the IE problems in the news, I’ve sent email to all users to limit browsing to business related sites but I expect my email is being ignored. I’m sure one employee watches videos every afternoon but I don’t have the time to check on her every day.
 
Short of watching each desktop which is impossible, I need a tool that will help. Preferably one less than $100. Any suggestions?
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Use proxy server such as squid.. is free
or you can use proxyinspector..
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I have used Ipwitch What's Up for network monitoring. It can produce summary reports ready for management. It is not free, but worth its money and comes with support.

http://www.whatsupgold.com/
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proxyinspector is $699... way out of our budget. I downloaded it to my local pc and will test it. if there is a 30 day fully functional trial, I may install it on a server based on what I find on my local test.

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I'll review WhatsUpGold later today. They don't list the prices... any idea what it runs for the basic version?
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For a company, What's Up is about $1,500. I recall that kind of pricing some years back. So it is more expensive than you want as well.

http://www.whatsupgold.com/s/price-list.aspx

Tools like Wireshark (free) and CommView (inexpensive) are able to track things, but the analysis is very detailed and not conducive to summarizing for management.

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I just checked CommView. It a bit more promising but I'm looking for a report that details by Pc what sites they visited with a time stamp so i can take it to users and ask WHY...

I need to get tough with users and stop slapping their wrists. It's time for the hammer but I don;t have a good budget to work with.
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I use CommView myself as a good tool, but like I say, it is detailed to use.

It does show source IP (PC used) but just using the IP address. That is what I meant above.

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I installed proxy inspector but exited the setup because it's selections didn't match my network. Is there a good setup video available?

I'll try whatsupgold on Tuesday when I should have free time.

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Higher priority issues have delayed my testing of thse apps, but I'll get back to it.

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I ran into server backup problems have have not been able to get back to this. Sorry for the delay.
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@TG-TIS  - Thank you and I was happy to help.

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