on a network, how do i monitor user downloads

August 19, 2011 at 05:48:13
Specs: Windows Vista, RAM 4GB CPU Quadcore 2.66GHz
I am currently maintaining a network and I would like to know how on the Domain Controller I can see which client machine downloads and from which sight?

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August 19, 2011 at 08:31:39
You can't unless the server is a proxy which means all web traffic has to go thru it.

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August 21, 2011 at 23:51:10
Because network traffic does not pass through the domain controller, so you can not do monitoring on the domain controller server.

As mentioned by wanderer, setting up a proxy server will be a good choice.

However, I would prefer setting up a mirroring port in your switch to do the job. Because setting up a mirroring port does no change to your network topology, but a proxy server requires every computer to change its settings.

In my network, I configured a mirroring port in my cisco 2950, and use a monitoring program named WFilter Enterprise to sniff internet activities. And it works well.

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