To reduce network traffic in distributed deployments, multi-site networks and other environments with remote locations that have limited bandwidth, it is recommended to use network traffic compression. For that purpose, special Netwrix utilities should be installed in the audited environment. These utilities will run on the target computers (depending on your monitoring plan), collect, pre-filter data and send it to Netwrix Auditor Server in a highly compressed format.
With network traffic compression, data from the target machines is collected simultaneously, providing for network load balance and minimizing data collection time. (Unlike that, without network traffic compression the target machines will be processed sequentially, i.e. one at a time.) So, network traffic compression helps to increase scalability and optimize network traffic.
Its key capabilities are as follows:
- Allows Netwrix Auditor to collect detailed metrics for the servers, log files, hardware and individual processes
- Collects audit data with no recognizable load on the server
- Communicates with Netwrix Auditor Server at predefined intervals, relaying data back to a central repository for storage
Network traffic compression is available for the following data sources:
- Active Directory
- File Servers
- Windows Server
- Event Logs
- Group Policy
- Logon Activity
- User Activity
To learn how to enable this feature, refer to the Settings for Data Collectionsection.