File Share Monitoring Software | NetFort Technologies
Network Management, Network Manager, File Share
File share auditing
LANGuardian tells you exactly what is happening on your Windows infrastructure.
It monitors and records every access to your Windows file shares, recording
details of user name, client application, server name, event type, file name,
and data volume. LANGuardian stores this information in its database, and uses
it as the basis for a wide range of reports that you can access via the browser-
based user interface.
With the unique level of insight it offers into
activity on a Windows network, LANGuardian will quickly become an indispensable
part of your network management and system administration toolkit. You can
apply it to a wide range of troubleshooting and monitoring tasks, for
- Finding out what files
have been deleted from a file share and who deleted them.
- Identifying the users that have accessed a specific file or
file share over a specific time period.
- Counting how many files of a given type are shared on
File share auditing in action
The following are some examples of how customers have used LANGuardian to
address file share issues on their networks:
- After a leak of sensitive information about an upcoming
product, an engineering manager in a design company requested a list of all
users who had accessed the product specfication document in the previous
month. The IT department used LANGuardian to create a report, from which the
manager was able to determine that the specification had been read by a former
team member whose access to the file share had not
- Following a request by a distric office for a costly WAN
link upgrade to address complaints by remote users about network performance,
the network manager in a local authority used LANGuardian to generate a
report of the users at that location who were consuming the most bandwidth.
By drilling down through the report, he was able to determine that some users
were repeatedly opening and saving large documents from a file share. The
problem was solved by educating the users to download their documents, work
on them locally, and save them back to the file share at the end of the
- As part of a data protection in the Human Resources
department, a manager asked for a report that identified all users who had
accessed the HR shared folder during the past year. The report showed that no
unauthorised users had accessed the folder, enabling the department to
demonstrate compliance with the company's data protection policy.
- A network manager in a university became concerned that
users on the network might have been sharing music files on the university
network, infringing copyright and exposing the university to the threat of
litigation. By generating a report by file name and using wildcards for common
audio file formats such as MP3, WMA and AAC, the network manager was able to
identify a number of file shares containing music files and to ask the owners to
remove the files from the network.
- An IT manager happened to notice from the LANGuardian
dashboard that a specific IP address was consuming a lot of bandwidth. On
drilling down through the reports to find the user involved and the file shares
being accessed, it emerged that the user was leaving the company on that day and
was downloading confidential financial and marketing material to her laptop to
copy onto a memory stick and take with her when she
How it works
At a technical level, LANGuardian works by analyzing network traffic that uses
the Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB), a network file-sharing protocol that
facilitates sharing of data between clients and servers. SMB is primarily a
Windows-based protocol, but a number of third-party products exist to make it
available on other platforms including OpenVMS, HP-UX, Solaris, Novell Netware
and Linux. The open-source implementation, Samba, is the most widely used.
LANGuardian can monitor file share activity on any platform that implements the
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