Network Setup Guide

In a networked environment multiple installations of SSPro can be configured to share a common data directory folder. In this manner the logged data from all installations can be viewied from one location. The following tutorial outlines this process on Windows 7. These steps are similar for Windows Vista. For Windows XP, please click here.
 
 
The first step is to install SSPro on the machine you intend to view the logged activity from. In this example we will refer to this as MACHINE-A. During installation select the default data folder location.
 
 
After installation has completed, use the Windows File explorer to create a new folder which you will then "share". This folder is where other installations of SSPro will log their data. If you have a file server or other network accessible storage device you can instead create this shared folder there.

In our example we have created a folder called "SSPDataDir" directly off the main C drive. You can choose a different name or location should you wish to however keep in mind that Windows may prevent you from sharing a folders in other system related areas. Click images to enlarge
 
 
 
After you have created the folder in step #2, right-click the folder and select the "share with" and then the "specific people..." menu options. Then, from the drop-down list, select the "everyone" entry and click "Add". Once added to the list below change the permissions for the "everyone" entry to "Read/Write" and then click the "Share" button at the bottom to complete the process.
 
 
 
Because the Windows accounts of monitored users will need to have access permissions to log data to the shared folder it is important that an additional access setting be changed. Open the Windows Control Panel and select the "System and Security" icon. Then select "Administrative Tools" and finally select and open the "Local Security Policy".

Next, expand the "Local Policies" section and then open the "Security Options" area. Finally, double-click the "Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only" setting and select "Disable". This will avoid having to set a password for each Windows user account on your network.

Users who wish to lock-down access to the shared folder to a greater degree can consult their network administrator for further guidance.
 
 
 
Next, log into SSPro and set the data directory location to the newly created folder. This is done from within the "Data Options" section of SSPro's settings area. Be sure to select the root of the new folder location and not one of the subfolders. You will then be promoted with three choices. Select the "Move current database..." option.
 
 
 
Now it's time to visit the other remote network installations of SSPro and configure them to log their data to this new folder on your computer. In our example we will refer to remote computer as "MACHINE-B". To test access to the shared folder from the other network computers open the Windows File explorer program and click on the "Network" icon. You may be prompted to turn on Network Discovery which you will need to do in order to gain access to the network.

You should see MACHINE-A listed and be able to expand MACHINE-A to see the shared folder you created in step 2 above. If you do not see MACHINE-A check to see if your firewall on either MACHINE-A OR MACHINE-B is not blocking access. If you still cannot see the other computers on your network consult your network administrator for further guidance. Finally, confirm full access to the subfolders of the share by creating and then deleting a small test text file in each of the subfolders.
 
 
 
The final step is to point the other installations of SSPro on your network to the shared folder on MACHINE-A.

If you have not done so already install SSPro on MACHINE-B. During installation use the default data directory location. Following installation log into SSPro on MACHINE-B and enter the "Data Options" section of the settings area. Change the location of the data directory to the shared folder on MACHINE-A. You can do this by clicking the Browse button and then locating the SSProDatDir folder share on MACHINE-A. MACHINE-A will be displayed under the network section. Make sure you select the root folder, in this example SSProDataDir, and not one of the sub-folders. When prompted select the "connect to an existing database" option.
 
 
At this point you can configure other logging options of MACHINE-B and start monitoring. The SSPro installation on MACHINE-B will now log its data to the common folder on MACHINE-A and you can view the data in real time from that location. When you log into SSPro on MACHINE-A you will see both computer names in the computer drop-down list however MACHINE-B may not be displayed in that list until it has logged at least some data to the shared folder and after you have clicked the "Refresh" button for the first time.

Please note: It is not recommended that you be logged into SSPro on multiple machines at the same time if they are sharing a data directory folder. If you need to log into SSPro on one computer make sure you are logged out of SSPro on the other.



The general principle for viewing data from multiple installations of SSPro from one location is to have them share a common data directory folder. As an alternative you can instead have each remote network computer log its data to its own shared folder. In this manner you could periodically "connect" to those computers to view the logged data on those machines. Then, when you are done viewing the data on that remote machine you can reset your data directory folder back to the default location on your hard drive. This method may be preferred for connecting to computers which may not always reside within the network such as laptops or when you cannot guarantee that your computer will always be turned on (In the example above your computer is sharing the data folder so it would need to be on at all times). Be sure to write down the old data folder location prior to changing it so that you can change it back when you are done.