AuditWizard - Concepts - Methods of Auditing

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There are only two methods of auditing.

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Scanner

Definition

The Scanner is an executable file that is run by a client computer, usually over a network. It is invoked by adding a line to the login script that causes the client computer to run it on login. It runs, then stops and closes the connection to the file server. It is accompanied by a companion XML file that contains its settings.

Use Cases

  1. It does not require installation on the client either as an .exe or a service. This is the easiest method to configure because it requires no installation, but simply placement in a network share. Most useful for many computers on a local network. The .exe and/or its settings can be updated instantly by replacing the .exe and/or .xml files, which affects every computer on next login.
  2. It can be used in a similar fashion, with modification, to audit the computers in a workgroup.
  3. With modification, it can be used to audit individual computers not on the local network, like laptops.

Rebuilding the Scanner

It is a standard procedure to rebuild the scanner when AuditWizard is upgraded to a new version and the AuditScanner.exe has been upgraded as well. This will be noted in the Release Notes. To rebuild the scanner, follow these instructions.

Diagram

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Configuration

The Agent is configured in Administration > Auditing > AuditScanner Configuration.

Agent

Definition

This is a service installed on a client computer. It runs locally and uploads to a specified network share. It runs continually. When a new version is available, it must be removed manually and replaced through the AuditWizard interface.

Use Cases

  1. The Scanner relies on users logging in. For computers that are infrequently logged into, such as servers, the Agent is the better choice because it runs without needing a user to be logged in and will audit a computer on a set schedule.
  2. Laptops can be audited while off the network.

Diagram

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Configuration

The Agent is configured in Administration > Auditing > AuditAgent Configuration.

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