Free tool to replay user sessions on Windows-based servers
How would you like to be able to easily replay user sessions on Windows-based servers? How would you like to be able to see what your remote access vendors and 3rd-party consultants did when they accessed your servers?
Well, now you can.
ObserveIT is a software that provides visibility into all user activity such as Microsoft Terminal Services, Citrix (ICA) including published applications, Remote Desktop (RDP), PC-Anywhere, VNC and NetOP.
ObserveIT continuously records and indexes all user activities performed in a window session. Agnostic to protocol or application, ObserveIT records any window session in a compressed and searchable format. ObserveIT's unique metadata architecture enables you to generate detailed reports (For example: "Show me all window console and terminal session recordings that include access to the registry on all servers through June 2009") quickly and effectively, solving system related problems and helping prevent future repetition of similar errors.
ObserveIT Express is a freeware version of the full product, available for free download, now.
Seeing what great success this tool has around the world, I decided to also post a short blog about it here.
The only limitation of the Express edition is that it is limited to only 5 recorded servers (which is enough for a remote access solution, where usually only one or two terminal servers are recorded). Also, it does not allow any configuration, i.e. it records everything, for every user, and for every application (the full version has a very flexible policy-based management capability). Lastly, the Express edition only allows replaying of the past 24 hours.
Download ObserveIT Express.
Here are several links to short Flash videos describing the usage of ObserveIT: