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Judy Armstrong Jan 10, 2015 04:36AM PST

I'm a non-commercial user with a Sophos Fastvue licence and need to see reports showing more meaningful user names than internal ip addresses.

We have 20 Windows & linux machines but few of these are Win Pro licenses so AD isn't really an option, and OpenLDAP setup is onerous.

Can fastvue show user machine host names which are meaningful to us? Or, if I assign static ip to all machines can I get Fastvue to convert from static ip to usernames (an XML file perhaps)?

Thanks

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Fastvue Jan 12, 2015 01:28PM PST FASTVUE Agent
Thanks for getting in touch about this!

Fastvue Sophos Reporter relies purely on the information in the Sophos UTM Web Filtering logs to determine the username. As the UTM is typically doing the authentication, it is the most accurate source for that information.

Having an outside mapping of usernames to static IPs is error prone and we'd hate our software to be responsible for reporting the wrong user a year down the track.

There is the Aliases.xml file in Sophos Reporter's data location that contains the mapping of users and departments to logged usernames. Unfortunately manually altering this file won't work for IP addresses.

That said, we do have a feature on our roadmap to do IP looks on the live syslog traffic to determine internal hostnames which would provide better information than the IP. I cannot give you an accurate ETA on this feature unfortunately. It is a common request, so we hope to make it available soon.

Thanks again for getting in touch and sorry I don't have better news for you at this stage - but keep an eye on our future releases!

Cheers!
Scott
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Judy Jan 22, 2015 09:13PM PST
Thanks for that Scott. Still digging into the many features of this cool product.

+1 for looking up internal hostnames from syslog traffic; that would definitely be useful...
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Fastvue Jan 22, 2015 09:20PM PST FASTVUE Agent
No problem Judy. Hopefully it's not too far away!

Cheers!
Scott

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