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    Record the websites that are accessed

    Using 2003/XP - after an easy/cheap way to record where the little dearios are going on the web with a view to blocking off inappropriate sites. Any suggestions not involving building a linux server from bits in the back of the cupboard gratefully received.

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    Re: Record the websites that are accessed

    presumably, you have them access the i'net through a proxy server right?

    Isn't there logs in this that can show you things such as the date/time, IP, website address, etc.?

    If you use 2003 as a proxy - think theres a way of doing it (or do you have to use that server system that i cant remember the name of - ISA i think its called - bit tired now ) then I'm not so sure.

    We go direct to the countys proxy so i'm not sure how that would work unfortunately lol

    Cheers
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    Re: Record the websites that are accessed

    What about using Squid?

    http://www.acmeconsulting.it/pagine/.../squidnt25.htm

    Works better under Linux though.

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    Re: Record the websites that are accessed

    I don't know if you would class this as cheap, but under our volume license scheme we got ISA 2004 for less than £300. Obviously this may not work for you- in which case have a look at something called GFI Webmonitor (the free version). I'm not sure that you can use this outside of a solution such as ISA, Squid or Smoothwall but it's worth a look into...

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    Re: Record the websites that are accessed

    I use Censornet which is a dedicated Linux distro. There are a few issues with it a lot of people dont like but out of the box it will catch allsorts and offers good reporting features.
    The next version which will beta after christmas will be the one that will gain it a lot more of a userbase with the new stuff they are implementing.

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    Re: Record the websites that are accessed

    We've found squid to be troublesome on Linux. It does work mostly tho'.

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    Re: Record the websites that are accessed

    Quote Originally Posted by mark
    We've found squid to be troublesome on Linux. It does work mostly tho'.
    Huh?

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    Re: Record the websites that are accessed

    certain build of squid not allowing the new MS WU / MU system to work properly [ i think is one of the things mark is refering to ]

    i know geoff - typical MS eh? :P [before you comment lol]

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    Re: Record the websites that are accessed

    Don't cache secure HTTP and make sure you allow all the HTTP methods.

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    Re: Record the websites that are accessed

    Quote Originally Posted by tarquel
    presumably, you have them access the i'net through a proxy server right?
    umm, looks down pink cheeked and rubs toe of shoe in dust, no we don't use a proxy server - as its all proxied by the rbc, I haven't bothered - but looks like I need to. I'll have a play with Squid - thanks for the heads up on that one.

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    Re: Record the websites that are accessed

    @SpuffMonkey: Check out some of the distros designed for the job (e.g. Censornet mentioned above) since they will save you a bit of time.

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    Re: Record the websites that are accessed

    When you surf the net using internet explorer , where exactly is the history stored on each machine or what ?

    Is it stored inside of index.dat in the cookies folder or what ?

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    Re: Record the websites that are accessed

    It is stored in .DAT files located in the Temporary Internet Files folder.

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    Re: Record the websites that are accessed

    @spuff:

    same here - we only go thru the county's proxy lol

    But they do suggest we use our own - which we may do sometime

    Regards,
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    Re: Record the websites that are accessed

    For gods sake, DON'T use Symatec Web Security if you want a proxy. We've had it foisted on us by the authority for 5 years, and it's frankly poo.

    No bulk user import/creation/backup, variable performance, and so damned flaky...

    We'll be moving as soon as we can, I fear.

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