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live recording vs. screen shots?

By armourbl ·
Is there software that can be used to take a live recording of a display, rather than doing static screen shots.

The scenario that I'm looking at is this. We use ZenWorks for Desktops 3.2 to remote control our user desktops for various administrative functions. We recently came across a situation where we happened upon a user using the computer inappropriately. All I could do was take screen shots of the activity at about the pace of 1 per minute, because of the time needed to save, etc.

What we'd like is a software package that we can load on our administrative workstation, which could record the display in real time.

Does anyone know of such a product?


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more info

by Cactus Pete In reply to live recording vs. screen ...

What os for the target, and what hardware do you have there?

Also, same for your admin workstation.

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More info....

by armourbl In reply to A few links

We use Windows 2000 Pro for the desktop OS. The hardware varies to some degree, but only with the processor speed, amount of RAM, hard drive type and size, and video cards. We use a standard image/load configuration for all of our computers. All have Pentium III and 4 processors. Most have S-3 Trio 64 or Nvidia Vanta video cards. And we use both Fujitsu and Maxtor drives.

What we really want is to load the software on our admin workstation and simply record what we see on the display. We aren't looking for a client side application. We aren't trying to monitor our users actively, just want the ability to record incidents if we should happen upon them again.


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As much as it pains me to say it

by LordInfidel In reply to live recording vs. screen ...

PCAnywhere has a record session feature.

This is what I beleive is what you are looking for.

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by Cactus Pete In reply to As much as it pains me to ...

Does that work in reverse? The way I interpret this is that they want to record thelocal workstation. For PCA, don't you have to establish a session first?

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Clarification and results of search

by armourbl In reply to reverse

Well, first let me clarify. We were looking for a software package that we could load on our administive workstation used to remote control computers with ZenWorks for Desktops 3.2. This function just like PC Anywhere. And we wanted a live play back.

Unfortunately, there really is no such product. The only products available are client based software packages that must be loaded on the workstation and run transparently in the background. And, reality is they only record the display in "screenprint" fashion at a determined interval -- it is not live play back. The software also can keep track of keystrokes, and give you a text report of computer activity.

Unfortunately, this will just no work with our scenario. If I'm remoting into a computer, randomly, to perform somekind of upgrade, and happen upon a user surfering porn, I needed a way to record their actions in real time.

Since the best these softwares could offer was screen prints, why bother -- I can do screen prints...LOL

If you have a bottomless budget, their are server/client based set ups to monitor pc activity, but I feel for you if you are tasked with the responsibility of being the Internet Policemen for your company.


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