Boss Everyware

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How it works?


What are the limitations of the trial version?
Number of entries in one log file is limited by about 100.

How much traffic does Boss Everyware produce when logging information to a network share?
Collected data that are written to the log are about 250 KB per day per user (valid for .dsv, .csv and .elt file formats, .dbf are much larger). The software keeps the collected data local and updates the shared file periodically. You can set the update interval to a custom value in the logger configuration: tab Log file, the option Transfer captured data to the log file every ... seconds. Smaller values allow to perform monitoring close to the real time, larger values decrease the network load. Each logger counts its update interval starting from a different time point, so the overall load produced by a number of loggers is spread in time.

How often does Boss Everyware write to file - every 60 seconds, every 5 minutes, what?
Every 20 seconds, by default. You can change this in the logger configuration: tab Log file, the option Transfer captured data to the log file every ... seconds.

What happens if the log location is set to a network share but the monitored computer is disconnected?
Boss Everyware stores all activities locally and updates the log file as soon as the user logs in again.

How long of a delay before the user idle timing is started? For example, someone surfs to msn.com and walks away from the computer. After a period of time, Boss Everyware records a [no user activity] event. How long before that event is recorded?
In 1 minute, by default. You can change this in the logger configuration: tab Data, the option Wait for user actions.

Can two instances of Boss Everyware run simultaneously?
No, only one instance per user can run at a time. If there are multiple users logged in simultaneously (Fast User Switching, Terminal Services), each user session has one Boss Everyware instance running inside.

Anti-spyware issues

I have downloaded Boss Everyware, but it is detected as a spyware. What can I do?
Most anti-spyware products consider commercial monitoring software as "potentially unwanted", "spyware" or "Trojan". If you see spyware alerts when trying to install and use Boss Everyware, then put it into the anti-spyware exclusion list. More info

Is someone spying on me? I have never heard about Boss Everyware, but my anti-spyware just found it on my computer.
Don't panic! There are high chances of a false positive. More info

Troubleshooting

Why all the log files have about 100-200 records only?
This is a demo limit. A licensed copy of Boss Everyware has no such limitation.

Although it logs activity when an Administrator is logged in, it does not log activity when a regular user logs in.
Check if the regular users have Modify access to the logs folder, or see how to set up writing to a write-only location.

I have opened a sample report, but it does not show any data?
To view your data arranged by a sample report:
Open a report.
In the menu Reports, click Source Log Files.
In the Report Settings box, click Add.
Select the log files you want to see the data from. The default location where Boss Everyware writes logs is C:\BELogs. You can change this location in the Logger Configurator.
How to's

How to deploy the logger remotely?
You may use PsExec to install the logger remotely. PsExec is a well-known free remote execution tool made by Sysinternals, recently acquired by Microsoft. More info

How to uninstall the logger from remote PCs?
To uninstall a deployed logger, run the removal tool rmbew.exe the same way you have ran the deployment package bedepl.exe to install it. More info

How to prevent users from reading the log files?
Configure the logger to write the delimiter-separated log files (.dsv, .csv) to a write-only location. More info

How can I track the login/logout time of my employees?
Deploy the loggers and view the logs with the sample report LogonLogoffTimes.

Should I remove the deployed loggers of an older 2.x version before upgrading to the current version?
No, you can deploy the loggers over the existing ones. You can even re-deploy the loggers of the same version if you need to update their configuration and do not use external configuration files.