[K12OSN] Way OT: Track all web activity on my network with logging and report

Timothy Hart timothy.hart at gmail.com
Fri May 19 15:12:13 UTC 2006

I would have to agree and add my positive feedback to both SME and
dungog. But most importantly I had to laugh out loud that David called
it "wicked reasonable." Wicked funny. I love being from Maine. ;)

On 5/19/06, David Trask <dtrask at vcsvikings.org> wrote:
> SME server with the dungog-dansguardian module can already do this.
> Yes....the dungog module does cost, but it's wicked reasonable and it's
> solely to support  a guy for his "coding" time.  SME server is a CentOS
> server....no GUI...uses a web interface....very slick...I use a bunch of
> them.  The interface for DG is awesome!  And....there is a log reader
> parser that is very slick.  You can easily set it up so that all users
> need to log in to authenticate to use the internet....and you can do this
> by groups as well.....I have a staff group, a student group, and an admin
> (unfiltered) group.  You can also unfilter workstations or ban
> workstations and users...etc.  You can filter by groups in a manner where
> one group is filtered more harshly than another.  I have mine set up so
> all users need to log in to use the internet.  This makes tracking very
> easy.  It is also set up so that everything is transparently proxied no
> matter what....however if they have browser settings (proxy) then they can
> log in to the internet and browse according to their user groups
> privileges.  Otherwise if the machine does not have browser settings then
> they are filtered at the "default" level....and my default is VERY harshly
> filtered to make people WANT to log in.  But either way...I'm covered.
> The blacklists are Eric's publicly exported blacklists.  SME server is
> free   http://www.contribs.org   (very cool server....does a lot of
> things).....the dungog module is quite cheap....http://www.dungog.net/sme
> and sets up easy via YUM
> As for the logging....I can go into the system....type in a username.....a
> time period....and get a list of all activity....denied
> activity...allowed....etc.   very nice to have.....this year we used it
> once to get ourselves off the hook....a parent accused us of letting a kid
> get on to naughty sites and save pics to a disk.  That didn't fit as
> neither the laptops or the thin-clients have disk drives, but I was able
> essentially prove that he'd never visited that site at school....he
> eventually admitted to doing it at home.  :-)
> "Support list for opensource software in schools." <k12osn at redhat.com> on
> Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 4:15 PM +0000 wrote:
> >Hi,
> >First we implemented about 100 thins this year in 2 buildings.  The
> >state of Ohio is even recognizing thin client technology from a funding
> >stand point.  Huge huge thank you to Jim and all the people that make
> >K12LTSP possible.  Nutshell - 4 servers ( 3.2 GIG P4 with 4gig of RAM
> >and 15k SCSI 320 harddrives (key)) ICEwm, OpenOffice, FireFox, AbiWord,
> >and Email.  Oh nvu as well.  No down days 100% reliable.
> >
> >Last year I had 3 requests to produce web activity logs of students
> >across a 5000 student district.  This year that number has jumped to 87
> >requests from admins, parents, and law enforcement.  I need help.  My
> >student (aka super star) created a transparent proxy squid/Dans filter
> >box and its main purpose is to force SafeSearch On google, it works
> >well.    I want to force every user on the network to authenticate to
> >use the, filter and block web content, block downloads via extensions,
> >and log activity weekly and archive it.  Is this possible with a
> >Squid/Dans setup.  I might want to cache individual's cache for this
> >thing called "evidence."   About 1400 possible nodes.  Would you go
> >multiple boxes ( one at each building ) or one big mean server.  The
> >District is on a star topology so one big server is possible.
> >Thank you for your time,
> >Tom Ventresco
> David N. Trask
> Technology Teacher/Director
> Vassalboro Community School
> dtrask at vcsvikings.org
> (207)923-3100
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