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Tech Tip: PowerBroker for Windows 6.0 Sneak Peek

Posted May 16, 2013    Peter Beauregard

Have you ever wanted to see what activities someone has performed inside one of your line-of-business apps for troubleshooting purposes? Maybe you just want to monitor what activities a network administrator performed on your Exchange Server to track down a configuration change. Well, we’ve got an exciting new feature in the upcoming release of PowerBroker for Windows, version 6.0, called Session Monitoring.

In version 6.0, you will be able to turn on Session Monitoring for any application, or even the whole Windows session, and record any activity that the user performs. By monitoring activities, you can much more easily troubleshoot problems, research configuration changes, or investigate malicious use.

The output that Session Monitoring captures is stored in Retina CS for review, and it captures a slideshow of the user activities, instead of an actual raw video of the screen. The advantages of this technique are:

  1. Better client side performance, it’s totally transparent to the end user
  2. Less storage requirements for recordings, we’re only storing screenshots, not raw video
  3. Easy review of the output, you don’t have to watch hours of video to find a needle in a haystack
  4. Accompanying text output is easily readable

Here’s a screenshot of what the console view looks like:

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To configure policies for Session Monitoring, you simply check a box inside a PowerBroker for Windows rule:

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This allows you to record a specific application based on publisher information, hash, path, etc., or you can record every activity performed in the Windows session.

Look for the new release of PowerBroker for Windows 6.0, in early June.

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