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    Software to scan network for videos, music and pictures

    Hi All

    I was just wondering what software people use to scan their network shares and user areas for inappropriate media content?

    Mike

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    How would a piece of software know what is or isnt appropriate?

    Photos perhaps it could do some sort of image scan on like web filters do i suppose but i think the only real way to solve this issue is to just run a search for file extensions on the shares and then manually go through and decide what is and isnt appropriate.....

    The last thing you want is some bit of software just arbitrarily deciding to remove things when its actually peoples work.....

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    I suppose you could get something that scans inside the files for banned words etc, but like RTFM said, you'll want to move it rather then delete it. It'll be a lot of work. Securus is another option - Securus - outstanding e-safety for schools | - basically it's take a screenshot when they type it. Again, another thing to monitor.

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    Didn't we have Edusweep that did this? Don't know if it still works.

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    I just use LanSpider to search for specific extensions in work areas or shared areas. It's usually pretty obvious if something is dodgy because the kids try to hide it by puting it in folders with odd names, or give it double extensions to try and throw us off. In the case of flash games, you get to know the files size of specific games.

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    Treesizepro has a file search, and will search over multiple servers. I set it to find all mp3, avi, swf etc in a custom search. If it finds a file that is valid I can exclude it so it isn't found in a subsequent search. You than have the option to move, delete or zip the files. File Search - find files faster with TreeSize

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    Server 2008 R2 has a file storage reporting thing built in which can show you file type usage and duplicate files etc. Can be quite useful.

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    we use Search files on local network (LAN) and FTP servers - 10-Strike Network File Search it allows to search even hidden files and delete unnecessary and temporary files.

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    I use windirstat WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics
    then just look for larger than average folders. I can also click on file extensions and see all those files highlighted. It's usually easy to spot the down loaders.

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    Space Sniffer helps me a lot

    I use Spacesniffer, at home and at work. Very useful, fast and freeware
    OK This doesn't check for 'inappropriateness' as such, unless you have said 'no music on the network, no videos on the network' in your policies... But it will help you locate the drive space hogs.
    Just point it at the drive or folder you want to view and go. It shows a visual colour coded representation of the drive. I've set mine up so it colour-codes video, pictures and general 'big files' (mainly all my build images). Very handy and I use it to show users how much of the entire network they've just hoovered up!!

    Just to go off-topic a little, I then use FotoSizer (freeware, again) to mass-reduce picture folders to a manageable size, by bulk-downsizing image files to 2-3 MP. I swear the 12-megapixel cameras producing literally thousands of fuzzy but massive 12Megapixel shots that then get dumped on the network, is a major source of concern to me that simply won't go away. Fotosizer reduces those 5Mb files to a teeny speck in comparison with no real drop in quality (No-one's printing A2 posters of these shots )

    HTH!

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