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27 05, 2010

How to report on bandwidth utilization using Cisco devices

By | 2010-05-27T07:59:13+00:00 May 27th, 2010|Firewall Analysis, FlowMonitor, How To, Reports, System Administration, Tips and Best Practices, Uncategorized, Vantage, WebSpy|1 Comment

Today I was speaking to a customer that had the following reporting request. "I would like to know how much of my bandwidth is being eaten by each protocol. I will then use this information to determine if circuit may need to be increased due to increased traffic". This customer was collecting syslog messages from a Cisco Firewall, then using WebSpy Vantage to generate reports. There's a simpler method.

21 05, 2010

How WebSpy Vantage uses your CPUs

By | 2010-05-21T07:02:32+00:00 May 21st, 2010|Reports, System Administration, Tips and Best Practices, Uncategorized, Vantage, WebSpy|0 Comments

I’m frequently asked how WebSpy Vantage utilizes a systems CPU resources. Sometimes you may notice Vantage utilizing 100% of your machine's CPU power, and other times it will be hardly touched. So here is an overview of how the software works internally so you can understand when your CPUs will and won’t be pushed.

20 05, 2010

Vantage Update 2.2.0.43

By | 2010-05-20T06:45:45+00:00 May 20th, 2010|IronPort, Loaders, Log File Analysis, Microsoft ISA Server, Microsoft Threat Management Gateway, Software Updates, Tips and Best Practices, Uncategorized, Vantage, Web Module, WebSpy|0 Comments

We've just released an auto update for WebSpy Vantage (Premium, Giga and Ultimate) as well as the Web Module. This is a great update for Vantage Ultimate users as we've introduced a new feature/tab into the Web Module called 'Dynamic Reports'. Here's the full list of changes since the last auto update (2.2.0.32 on the 14th April 2010).

14 04, 2010

Web Module Update Errors and Workaround

By | 2010-04-14T05:53:57+00:00 April 14th, 2010|How To, Software Updates, Uncategorized, Web Module|1 Comment

We have just issued an automatic update for the Vantage range of products, including Vantage Ultimate and the Web Module. Unfortunately there are two issues with the Web Module auto update process. Everyone on a 64 bit operating system machines will encounter issue #1 (Unable to locate installation location), and some of you may encounter issue #2 (System.IO.FileLoadException).

7 04, 2010

Soho Alpha Release – Issues and Workarounds

By | 2010-04-07T06:28:06+00:00 April 7th, 2010|How To, Software Updates, Tips and Best Practices, Uncategorized, WebSpy Soho|0 Comments

It’s been a crazy few weeks but we’ve finally managed to get the first release of WebSpy Soho out the door. It is our intention to keep our Alpha testers up to date with our ongoing development. Right now, I’d like to inform you about some issues experienced by a handful of testers and how to go about resolving them.

12 03, 2010

Vantage Update 2.2.0.29 – New Fields for IronPort

By | 2010-03-12T06:55:01+00:00 March 12th, 2010|Firewall Analysis, IronPort, Loaders, Log File Analysis, Software Updates, System Administration, Uncategorized, Vantage, Web Browsing Analysis|0 Comments

We have just added support for the 'Group' field in IronPort's access logs. You can add this field to your logs by adding %g in the 'Custom Fields' edit box. We have also added support for the custom fields Body Request Size and Body Response Size.

2 03, 2010

Vantage Update 2.2.0.27 – Fix for Microsoft FTMG SQL Import

By | 2010-03-02T15:58:13+00:00 March 2nd, 2010|Loaders, Log File Analysis, Microsoft ISA Server, Microsoft Threat Management Gateway, Software Updates, Uncategorized, Vantage, Web Module, WebSpy|0 Comments

Our support for Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway is quite new and we’ve just fixed a couple of issues that we haven’t yet released as a public update yet. In particular, this update fixes the "specified cast invalid error" that occurs when importing the Web Proxy database logs.

8 02, 2010

8 Reasons NOT to Use Microsoft Forefront TMG's Reporting

By | 2010-02-08T06:48:39+00:00 February 8th, 2010|Aliases, Firewall Analysis, How To, Loaders, Log File Analysis, Microsoft ISA Server, Microsoft Threat Management Gateway, Reports, Tips and Best Practices, Uncategorized, Vantage, Web Browsing Analysis, Web Module, WebSpy|6 Comments

I've been having a look through the reporting functionality included in Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway to find that not much has changed from ISA Server 2006. There is some new information regarding the newly implemented URL categorization and threat management technology, but there is very little flexibility or customization for those with reporting requirements beyond general overviews cluttered with irrelevant information. Here is what I consider to be the 8 main limitations of Microsoft Forefront TMG's reporting functionality.

16 12, 2009

Microsoft TMG and UAG Released! What is the difference?

By | 2009-12-16T07:31:02+00:00 December 16th, 2009|Firewall Analysis, Loaders, Log File Analysis, Microsoft ISA Server, Microsoft Threat Management Gateway, Software Updates, Uncategorized, Vantage, Web Browsing Analysis, WebSpy|0 Comments

Most of our customers using Microsoft ISA server are probably aware by now that Microsoft have released the new version of ISA server, which is now re-branded as Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG). In addition to this, Microsoft has also re-branded its Internet Access Gateway (IAG) to Unified Access Gateway (UAG). […]

7 12, 2009

How Do I Transfer Reports to a Different User in the Web Module?

By | 2009-12-07T03:40:57+00:00 December 7th, 2009|How To, Reports, Uncategorized, Vantage, Web Module|0 Comments

Today I was asked how to transfer one report in the web module to a different user. The obvious reason for this is when someone leaves your company, the reports they had access to need to be transfered to the new person taking over their role. Unfortunately there’s not an easy way to do this via the user interface yet, but it is a planned feature. In the mean time, you can do it by editing an XML file manually.