Renewing Your WebSpy License

When you register your WebSpy subscription license, the software will advise you how many days you have left on your current contract. When the contract expires, the software will stop at the splash-screen in the loading process. You will need to contact your WebSpy representative or reseller to purchase a subscription renewal in order to continue using the software. Once your subscription renewal has been processed by the WebSpy team the software you will need to request a new Unlock Code for your installation in order for it to continue working.

Registering WebSpy Vantage Ultimate – Step by Step

This is a guide for new customers to register their WebSpy Vantage Ultimate software for the first time. The process requires a few simple steps which will be outlined below, followed by some troubleshooting options if you get stuck along the way.

Vantage Video Series: #2 Preflight & Installation

This is the second of a series of videos showing you how to configure Vantage in detail. This video will take you through the system requirements, and the installation of Vantage and the Web Module. WebSpy Vantage Ultimate – Preflight and Installation from Fastvue on Vimeo.

Detecting a distributed reflected DNS attack

The other night as I was getting ready to sleep, I received an email from the host of my personal Linux VPS saying that I had exceeded my monthly transfer quota. I didn’t pay much mind to the warning, as the excess transfer was insignificant, and at that time I was too tired to care. I closed my email, got into bed and fell asleep.

How much do IronPort WSA Appliances eat?

If you are thinking about deploying IronPort Web Security Appliances you probably want to plan how much disk space to budget for with regards to logging and reporting. Every organization is different with regards to the volume of logs it creates, but I’ve averaged three data sets submitted to us by customers to produce the …

Watch your TMG’s waist line. Switch log format and reduce fat now!

We often recommend customers using Microsoft ISA or TMG switch their logging to W3C text file, in order to get the best possible import speed, and also because the text logs are much easier to access from a remote machine (see my previous article on accessing TMG’s SQL Express Log database). Logging to the default …

How to report on bandwidth utilization using Cisco devices

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.

How WebSpy Vantage uses your CPUs

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.

Vantage Update 2.2.0.29 – New Fields for IronPort

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.