Windows file activity
LANGuardian tells you exactly what is happening on your Windows file shares. It monitors and records every access to 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.
“Our files are precious.” – NetFort customer, US Defense contractor.
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 or folders
have been deleted from a file share and who deleted them.
- Identifying the users who have accessed a specific file or
file share over a specific time period.
- Counting how many files of a given type are shared on
The file activity features in LANGuardian are powerful and easy to use. You simply enter an IP
address (subnets are also supported), a username, or a filename, then click Go. LANGuardian returns a report showing a summary of all information matching the IP address, user,
or file you specified. You can then drill down into the details of a specific file or folder, to
see details of each action (open, close, read, write, create, and so on) and the time it was performed.
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
Find out more
If you have any questions about how LANGuardian can help you with your network monitoring requirements,
please contact us. If you would like to see
LANGuardian in action, please try our online demo system or download a
free 30-day trial to try it on your own network
with your own data.