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How to retreive ISA logs - 3.Mar.2009 8:41:47 AM   
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I had to re-install ISA 2004 after it did not allow VISTA machines to connect to the network.

Now after I re-installed ISA I want it to give me reports on the logs that I asked ISA to keep during the uninstall.

So how do I get ISA to use the report logs that it backed up or left behind for the new Installation.
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RE: How to retreive ISA logs - 7.Mar.2009 4:26:30 PM   
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hi,

have you looked inside C:\Program Files\Microsoft ISA Server
 
By default, these files are kept there inside their respective folders.

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RE: How to retreive ISA logs - 9.Mar.2009 1:53:15 AM   
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Yes my log files are there but ISA does not want to include them when I generate a report.

What happend was that the Firewall blocked all Vista users from connecting to the DHCP server and then I had to uninstall and reinstall ISA but during the uninstall i asked that my ISA logs be kept. But now how do I get my logs to work again.

ISA doesn't want to use them and I dont know why. If you can help me, please do as the information that I need to pull from it is very important to our company.

Thanks.

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RE: How to retreive ISA logs - 17.Mar.2009 4:31:03 AM   
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Can someone please help me on this, Why is ISA not pulling info from my backed up logs in the generated reports.

Please help, if I do not get the required report I need our company is going to lose money.

Thanks

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RE: How to retreive ISA logs - 17.Mar.2009 5:00:26 AM   
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By the way, you old reports might be still inside the ISA Reports folder inside the ISA Server folder inside program files.

also check this free tool : http://www.redline-software.com/eng/products/tk/components/mdf_viewer.php

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RE: How to retreive ISA logs - 17.Mar.2009 5:15:11 AM   
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yes the the logs are in that folder, but ISA does not want to retrieve the info from those logs which is what I find strange.

Would you know why it is doing this?

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RE: How to retreive ISA logs - 17.Mar.2009 6:31:40 AM   
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I have downloaded the toolkit and used the MDF viewer and it works, it opens the log files and can view them but, I need a detailed report of bandwidth usage and ISA is not using these backed up logs in the reports that I generate.

What can I do to fix this problem?

Thanks.

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RE: How to retreive ISA logs - 17.Mar.2009 6:38:33 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: jpdw

yes the the logs are in that folder,


I didnt mean the logs folder, I mean the Reports folder.

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RE: How to retreive ISA logs - 17.Mar.2009 6:56:01 AM   
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Ok, I have a ISALogs folder and ISAsummaries folder.

The ISA summaries folders frist entry starts from 20090302- which is the 2nd of March 09.

The ISALogs folders first entry starts from 20090224- which is 24 Feb 09.

Now what Im missing is Bandwidth usage for 24 Feb to 4th of March 09.

If I understand correctly, If I have Log files dating back to 24 Feb 09, i should be able to generate a detailed Report of bandiwdth usage from 24 Feb upto today.

Please help me if im wrong, but there must be a way to retrieve the lost info again as I did not allow ISA to uninstall the Log files.

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RE: How to retreive ISA logs - 17.Mar.2009 9:07:04 AM   
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Isa's bandwidth usage graphs are not very accurate at all...and ISA does not block Vista clients from DHCP servers.

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RE: How to retreive ISA logs - 17.Mar.2009 9:35:10 AM   
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I have discovered that ISA does not give accurate bandwidth usage but the Vista thing is very interesting.

But how can I get detailed bandwidth reports and fix the Vista DHCP thing.

Im using Webmonitor but its not user friendly, it wants me to use SQL server for compiling detailed reports and Ive tried using its report features and honestly it sucks if you dont know how to use SQL server.

Is there a better way and still I need to be able to pull reports from the backed up log but ISA does not want to do this. Please help.

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RE: How to retreive ISA logs - 17.Mar.2009 9:55:34 AM   
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I use Webmonitor for what you want to do.

Webmonitor is very easy to configure & use if you spend an hour learning the ins & outs.

As to the DHCP issue, why would the Vista clients be routing through ISA to accept DHCP leases?

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RE: How to retreive ISA logs - 17.Mar.2009 10:10:23 AM   
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With Webmonitor I have discoverd that it gives me a lower bandwidth usage amount on a specific user where as ISA gives more.

eg. user one under webmonitor used 45 MB bandwidth and under ISA reporting user one used 56 MB.

but " As to the DHCP issue, why would the Vista clients be routing through ISA to accept DHCP leases?"

what do you mean by this? should I not allow Vista to recieve leases from DHCP?

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RE: How to retreive ISA logs - 17.Mar.2009 10:59:29 AM   
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I would beleive webmonitor. ISA will be logging cache requests too I think.

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RE: How to retreive ISA logs - 18.Mar.2009 6:05:14 AM   
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I would only have an overall picture of webmonitor if the report part of it was easy to setup.

I installed SQL Server 2005 and then I used the MSFW database for Webmonitor to use for Webmonitor Report Pack but the report pack says that it needs to use a Microsoft SQL database and not a MSDE database.

Now I have SQL server installed but I dont know how to create a new database for webmonitor to use. If I knew I would do it and then and be able to see how accurate webmonitor really is other that ISA's reports.

If you know how to do this your help will be appreciated as the Webmonitor support did not help much.

But My ISA is still not using the backed up logs when I generate a new report, It only uses the new reports.

Why? I do not know.

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