+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 9 of 9
Network and Classroom Management Thread, Freeware/Open Source internet traffic monitoring, what do you use? in Technical; Hi We currently use Ranger for web monitoring, application monitoring and some software deployment. I was wondering if anyone here ...
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    35
    Thank Post
    15
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Freeware/Open Source internet traffic monitoring, what do you use?

    Hi

    We currently use Ranger for web monitoring, application monitoring and some software deployment. I was wondering if anyone here knows of any good Freeware or opensource tools that do the same thing, it doesn't matter if they're individual tools or a whole suite. We have a tight budget this year and we don't like ranger so we're looking to move away from it.

    Any suggestions appreciated.

  2. #2
    Mr.Ben's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    A Pirate Ship
    Posts
    941
    Thank Post
    182
    Thanked 157 Times in 126 Posts
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    65
    I'm not up on Ranger as I've always avoided it! - We are a special school too, but as I built the network it's as Vanilla as I could make it.

    What software are you deploying (are they legacy packages or MSI's?)

    What's your Anti-Virus Solution at the school - I use Sophos Endpoint and it has Application Control built into it's newest version.

    If you want to create MSI packages then I would recommend Installer 2 Go, It's freeware and supported by ads, but when you silently install using switches none of this is seen by the end user.
    Last edited by Mr.Ben; 9th March 2010 at 11:08 AM.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    35
    Thank Post
    15
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    Our network has been built also as Vanilla as possible.

    The software we deploy we use MSI's.

    We have AVG 8 net ed.

    I'll check out Installer 2 Go as I need an MSI creator for something else.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    England
    Posts
    264
    Thank Post
    58
    Thanked 36 Times in 35 Posts
    Rep Power
    19
    For web monitoring a mix of dansguardian with the squid proxy is free, and works rather well. Doesnt take too long to set up. And for software installs can't you just use group policies?

  5. Thanks to Potato-Peeler from:

    Darryl_Wilcox (9th March 2010)

  6. #5

    Ric_'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    London
    Posts
    7,590
    Thank Post
    109
    Thanked 762 Times in 593 Posts
    Rep Power
    180
    If you have a MS Schools Agreement you should be able to get SCCM for a minimal charge... this will help with some of your software deployment.

    If you don't already have a proxy in place (for web monitoring) look at Smoothwall Express as an open source alternative. For content filtering I'd look at Smoothwall's Gaurdian products (not free but not expensive).

    Not sure about your application monitoring... if it's purely metering you want, SCCM will do that too.

  7. Thanks to Ric_ from:

    Darryl_Wilcox (9th March 2010)

  8. #6
    cookie_monster's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Derbyshire
    Posts
    4,196
    Thank Post
    392
    Thanked 278 Times in 239 Posts
    Rep Power
    74
    We moved away for Range a few years ago but i'll be honest you'll find it hard to replace all of the features for less money (it might cost more now than when we used it). We went vanilla then bought Smoothwall for internet monitoring which is an excellent product but it does cost.

    As above you can deploy softeware using built in or free tools, print management can be done for free as well i'm sure there's a wiki post.

  9. Thanks to cookie_monster from:

    tom_newton (2nd November 2011)

  10. #7

    Ric_'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    London
    Posts
    7,590
    Thank Post
    109
    Thanked 762 Times in 593 Posts
    Rep Power
    180
    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    As above you can deploy softeware using built in or free tools, print management can be done for free as well i'm sure there's a wiki post.
    PyKota is the future there! (It was my wiki post)

  11. #8

    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    35
    Thank Post
    15
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    Hi again, and thanks for all the above responses and advice

    We currently use ranger to capture some program installs, it simply takes an image of before and after and wraps this up into a package to deploy.
    Has worked well for us in the past, about all that has though!

    We don't use the account manager in ranger, just the software package distributer, ranger reporter which simply lists users / computers web pages access (but seems to have gone in v7) and within lan ranger there are reports of applications run.

    really for what we're payingit seems a little silly to continue with ranger - also it is having implications on other things within the network (offering remote assistance for one)

    We do use MSIs to deploy software but must confess this has only been software that has come to us with MSIs as an offering. We have never really looked at creating them ourselves but perhaps will investigate this.

    We do need some very simple web access monitoring.
    Something all staff could use would be even better, so as user friendly as possible.
    All this needs to do is list URLs visited by users or PCs
    I think i may make a new thread dedicated to this

    We connect through various proxies already (managed by LEA or ISP) which are age related giving us filtering too, so i'm guessing an addiotional proxy will cause problems there?

    Again thanks for all advice, and any further you may offer!
    Last edited by Darryl_Wilcox; 17th March 2010 at 10:07 AM.

  12. #9

    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    3
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    This internet monitor is free. (Name: "Gold monitor" by Axiomcoders).

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. SPOTLIGHT - freeware server monitoring
    By ChrisP in forum Network and Classroom Management
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 6th February 2009, 01:03 PM
  2. Monitoring Exchange Traffic In Class
    By dagza in forum How do you do....it?
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 3rd April 2008, 06:00 PM
  3. Open Source - Freeware Forum on EduGeek
    By roland in forum General Chat
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 21st September 2007, 09:43 AM
  4. Monitoring network traffic on our server
    By Kyle in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 6th December 2006, 12:47 PM
  5. Web traffic monitoring software.
    By Dos_Box in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 5th July 2005, 09:33 AM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •