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    Desktop monitoring software suggestions?

    Hi everyone!


    I am an IT beginner and my boss asked me to install desktop monitoring software that will let him know what programs the staff uses and for how long and also the time they have been logged on /off during the billing hours.

    Is there a product on the market you have experience with?

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    Re: Desktop monitoring software suggestions?

    SNOW and no, its not cheap.

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    Re: Desktop monitoring software suggestions?

    Quote Originally posted by Ethen78 View Post
    Hi everyone!


    I am an IT beginner and my boss asked me to install desktop monitoring software that will let him know what programs the staff uses and for how long and also the time they have been logged on /off during the billing hours.

    Is there a product on the market you have experience with?
    How many machine will you be monitoring? Systems Center Essentials would do the trick, not sure on the licensing costs.

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    Re: Desktop monitoring software suggestions?

    There are 10 computers and most of them are running on Windows 7 and the others on Vista. My boss insists on a reliable desktop monitoring tool and he doesnít mind paying for it.

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    Re: Desktop monitoring software suggestions?

    Here's the SNOW site for you to look at. I think for a size like yours, it won't be that expensive and quite cheap!

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    Re: Desktop monitoring software suggestions?

    Spiceworks is pretty popular and free.

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    Re: Desktop monitoring software suggestions?

    Thanks for your replies! I have heard Spiceworks is good. I saw that SNOW has very nice features as well. But I decided to download Praetorian Guard, if itís not that good as my friend told me, I will probably switch to one of these tools and give them a try.

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    Re: Desktop monitoring software suggestions?

    If you are just talking about monitoring what people are doing on their PCs, I have used http://www.track4win.com/ which is quite cheap.

    Edit: Snow and spiceworks are more geared towards keeping an inventory what's on your network and reporting when things break down.
    Last edited by perfectmark; April 18, 2012 at 12:06.

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    Re: Desktop monitoring software suggestions?

    Quote Originally posted by perfectmark View Post
    Edit: Snow and spiceworks are more geared towards keeping an inventory what's on your network and reporting when things break down.
    While SNOW keeps an inventory, its not for when things break down - its a complete software licence manager which tells you who uses what, when, for how long and if you are adhering to licencing you are entitled to.

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    Re: Desktop monitoring software suggestions?

    When I was searching for a monitoring software I was determined to find something that is simple, free, and with no risky side-effects. I wanted to try snow, but it was too pricey. I tried a couple of programs, and I stuck with my team monitor. It is good for making sure employees are doing what they are supposed to, and it doesn't make them feel uncomfortable. It records when the worker signed on and off work, logs the number of keystrokes and mouse clicks at any given time, and also takes screenshots. And the employees feel this is fair, because they can switch it off when they want to go on breaks, and therefore they can manage their time more freely - if they want to spend 10 hours on an 8 hour workday with 2 hours of inserted breaks, they can do that - I see how much they worked every day. If you want to try it, you only need to register an account at myteammonitor dotcom, and your employees will install the small software.

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