Vantage now with multi-processing!

We’ve been doing some work of late to make Vantage take advantage of multi-cpu and multi-core processors. It looks like we’ve improved the performance of importing more than one log file by around 50%, and the most common reporting scenarios by around 30%. Before we release this build into the wild, I’d like to give it as much field testing as possible. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of this build…

Updates to Vantage, Analyzer & Live

We’ve issued a bunch of auto updates for nearly all WebSpy products today

Of particular note is a fix to the Vantage range:

· Fix: Improved partition matching when filtering by a date range

This will benefit you if you’re running reports with a date range filter such as last week or yesterday (which is pretty much everyone), and are using the default storage partitioning scheme of “Date” (again… pretty much everyone).

Updates to Vantage, Analyzer & Live

We’ve issued a bunch of auto updates for nearly all WebSpy products today

Of particular note is a fix to the Vantage range:

· Fix: Improved partition matching when filtering by a date range

This will benefit you if you’re running reports with a date range filter such as last week or yesterday (which is pretty much everyone), and are using the default storage partitioning scheme of “Date” (again… pretty much everyone).

Disabling time synchronization between guest and host in Microsoft Virtual PC

Microsoft Virtual PC synchronizes the time between the guest and host operating systems. This is great until you have the need to set the clock forward or backwards in your VM, as it snaps back to the current time after about 5 seconds. I went hunting through the options in the Virtual PC UI but didn’t find anything related to disabling this option. A bit of googling later and I’ve got it disabled by adding a few lines of XML to the .vmc file.

Enhancement to the Sophos Loader in Analyzer

We’ve made a modification to Analyzer’s Sophos loader so that it takes the value from the action field to determine blocked/allowed.

The fix can be applied to WebSpy Analyzer Giga 2.3, Analyzer Premium 4.3 or Analyzer Standard 4.3

Counting Emails with Microsoft Exchange 2007 Tracking Logs

Today I’ve been poking at Microsoft Exchange 2007 tracking logs, asking them the very simple question of ‘How many emails have I sent?’.

Unforunately, Exchange 2007 tracking logs are not used to simple questions, and are likely to return a complicated and / or misleading answer.

But the confusion it seems, all comes down to definitions. Once you understand these definintions, things start to make a bit more sense.

Using Date Modifiers in File Masks – New Features

We’ve recently added two new features to WebSpy Vantage (all flavours) to deal with a specific issue setting up automated importing tasks using date modifiers in file masks. A common setup is to have a task that creates a storage each month, then a separate task that runs at the end of each day – …

How to report on who accessed a file or folder

I’m frequently asked about the best way to setup and report on file or folder accesses. In other words, I have a bunch of confidential files sitting on my network and I want to know who is accessing them. So here it is (you might want to grab a coffee first!).