To evaluate or use E-Z Audit doesn't require that you install or push anything to any PC being audited, nor do you need to "deploy", install or run anything on your server.
Unlike some "Console" type of audit tools, audits are not triggered from your own PC, or any dedicated PC.
You don't need to make any changes to your firewall, don't have to open or reserve any ports , doesn't require enabling Remote Registry and we don't use SNMP. There's no SQL or any databases to license or use and there's no back-and-forth traffic from servers to clients or vice-versa because we don't need to - zero PowerShell, zero anything that requires cross-talk to the server.
No admin rights are needed to be passed or used nor any elevation or privileges of any sort for any client being audited.
Sounds like magic? Not really, but it's very well thought out and unique. And it's worked since 2001 when NT4 and Netware rules to Server 2016 today.
If you feel uneasy making any changes to your GPO or scripts for an eval, we understand. Contact us and we'll get you going with alternatives.
Of course, doing the full eval is really where you get to see how easy network audits are using E-Z Audit, and you'll see below that it's easy to set up and easy to undo.
Getting started with network audits using E-Z Audit is just three quick, easy steps.
1. Create two folders on your network on a server that all your users have access to. Typically that's your domain server, but it can be any server that fits that description in your particular setup.
Example: Create D:\ezaudit\audits. Share it as "ezaudit". Give a user group that best represents all your users (typically, "Domain Users") permissions to read, write, create, delete, modify and execute on the new shares.
2. Add one item to your User Login Scripts. You can do it directly in Group Policy, or in your login script if you call one from Group Policy.
It's just one simple entry: \\the-server-name\ezaudit\ezstart.exe -a
Set WSHShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
shellthis = "\\your_server_name\ezaudit\ezstart.exe"
shellcmd = Chr(32) & "-a
WSHShell.Run Chr(34) & shellthis & Chr(34) & shellcmd ,1,False
3. In the ezaudit Admin Console at your PC go to the Tools tab and select the Configuration tool. It's all point and click easy to choose what to audit, how often, etc.
Then save the configuration file to your new share: \\the-server-name\ezaudit\.
The configuration tool will copy the audit modules to that folder.
No changes are made to your server by us, ever, and nothing will run at the server itself.
That's it! The next time a user logs in, they get audited.
As you know, Group Policy changes don't always take effect right away, so a gpupdate /force at the server can sometimes nudge things along.