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  1. get the IP address or hostname from which

    get the IP address or hostname from the device that made the change

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    • add hostname, ip and action (with file/folder) in report/log

      add hostname, host_ip:port and type of events (opening, editing, closing, moving, renaming of files or folders etc.) to report.

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      • Cryptowall defense

        Pattern recognition.
        See if a user is changing x amount of files, within a x amount of time, and be able to trigger a script.

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        • Email report when x amount of files are created in x minutes

          Monitor and email a report when x amount of files are created / deleted in x minutes with the users name. To help catch ransomeware attack's on file shares

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          • Monitor folder and send alert when there have been no events in a specified timeframe

            Add functionality to set a time or date threshold on a directory and create a log entry/send email alert when no file events have occurred outside of that threshold.

            For example:

            -Threshold set to 48 hours.
            -No files are moved or renamed in the monitored folder for over 48 hours
            -Inactivity event is logged, and an email is sent to a distribution list notifying them that the folder has been inactive for x number of hours or days.

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            • Monitor a Hotfolder to print files like .PDF, .Tif

              Monitor a Hotfolder to print files like .PDF, .Tif

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              • Syslog Option

                Send alerts to syslog server

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                • Provide a method to recovery directory changes if Directory Monitor service goes down

                  Thisi is only an idea of a newbee:

                  what if server where DirectoryMonitor is running as a service goes down or the Directory Monitor Service itself goes down while monitoring a network folder on another server ? If I have understood how DM is working, now when Directory service starts again it looses all the changes in that network folder done when DM was down.

                  I ask this because in my company there are important documents to monitor and my boss should be feel confident that he will never lose any changes happening in the directory of those important documents.

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                    This feature (called “snapshots”) has been available for some time already. In the main directory configuration form, simply enable snapshots by selecting the option to “Try determine changes while directory was offline using snapshots every”.

                    This applies to whether a network share goes down or even if the software was not running. When starting up, the directory will be compared against a previously taken snapshot to determine the changes while the monitor was not able to access it.

                    This is of course not foolproof since files could be added then deleted when offline and there is no way Directory Monitor would know the file was even there. The service is very resilient and has automatic restart strategies if it crashes so it’s unlikely to be down for very long.

                  • support mp3 sound file format

                    support mp3 sound file format

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                    • Group view: "expend all" and "collapse all"

                      Under the Grip view when column is grouped, have an option to "expend all" and "collapse all" instead of doing it one by one

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                      • Prevent directory automatically expand

                        During the directory is grouped and collapse, prevent the directory automatically expand when new activities occurs.

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                        • HTML in emails

                          The emails that get sent are boring. Would be nice to use some HTML to make them look nice

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                          • Command line

                            Are there any command line parameters? I would like to use it from Directory Opus and pass in the folder I would like to monitor

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                              Directory Monitor does have a few command line parameters (something worth documenting so we’ll get on that).

                              The command-line switch you are looking for would be “/shell” which is what the context menu shortcut on any directory right-click → Add to Directory Monitor uses.

                              To mimic this you can call: “C:\Program Files\DevEnterprise.NET\Directory Monitor 2\DirectoryMonitor.exe” /shell “C:\AnyFullPath”
                              to add a directory.

                              Is this what you are looking for?

                            • Growl Plugin

                              A plugin that uses Growl (http://www.growlforwindows.com/) to notify the user of messages as an alternative to balloons in the tray.

                              Growl is an advanced notification application that applications can register for. Using Growl you can be notified by an application on the same machine or even over the network. Notification windows can be completely customized.

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                              • Execution Filtering by User?

                                With thousands of files actions all day by many users, I believe it would be useful to be able to limit script execution for certain users, or at least pattern matching like the files/folders. We currently get around it by checking the script that is firing, but it there are thousands of unnecessary executions when one of our developers moves files around.

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                                • Limit number of emails that can be sent in a time period

                                  To avoid getting spammed with email (or flooding your email server) when a directory gets busy, a limit should be set on how many emails can be sent in a given time period.

                                  A option to set the maximum number of emails as well as per minute/hour/day. Another option would be to send each backlogged (individually or in a batch which limits the subject macros) as soon as the cooldown period has passed. The user could also opt to ignore all emails and only start sending fresh ones after the cool down.

                                  The cooldown could also be reset from the…

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                                  • Option to take snapshot without program running in back ground.

                                    Hi, I have been using a program called "Uninstall Manager"
                                    http://samsunsegman.com/um/index.htm
                                    which has not been updated since 2005.
                                    Incredibly it works on my Win7 64Bit. I wish the guy would update it for win7 & 8 but even though the website is there, it looks like he has abandoned it.
                                    This program does not run in the background which is what I like.
                                    You run it to take a snapshot and the next time you run it, it shows what was newly created on your computer. Which is great so you can see what is new after installing programs.
                                    In…

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                                      This feature is already available. Directory Monitor can take snapshots of a directory and try determine the changes while the software was not running.

                                      When you start the application a snapshot is taken for any directories that have the option enabled. You can then exit the application and start it up later, the previous snapshot will be compared and any changes will be logged as events.

                                      This feature is only available in the PRO edition and can be accessed from Directories → Add/Edit → Try determine changes while directory was offline using snapshots.

                                      The primary purpose of this feature though is to help identify changes in the case of network or even power outages. The most accurate detection will always be while the software is running.

                                    • Better Text Log Handling

                                      It would be helpful if the text logs had a limit to what is displayed and handled so the application does not crash when the text log gets really large. In my case, the log file gets very large very quick (sometimes is as little as a day or two) and occasionally crashed the program. It would be nice to not have to manually clear the logs.

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                                        These performance issues have been completely addressed in v2.7.0.7.

                                        Automatic trim of the UI text log file to 1000 records on startup. The log can grow to approx 10,000 lines during operation and then trim in 20% chunks, optimized to display all lines in rich text format. I recommend keeping custom text log files or use the grid log for anything more significant than these numbers.

                                        The grid log will hold up to 20,000 records which load and group in under a second during startup and operation.

                                        Loading of records in the grid and text log are heavily optimized now and does not affect the startup speed of Directory Monitor, processing of large files should really be done outside of Directory Monitor so these limits are set for optimal performance for ‘above normal’ usage.

                                      • Monitor folders only

                                        Great program, just bought a Pro license. Just wondering if there is any way to monitor folder/subfolder changes only (and not the files within those folders).

                                        Basically, we'd like to get an email alert when any folders or subfolders are moved, renamed or deleted. Without adding every file type to the exception list, is there any way to monitor for changes to folders/subfolders and not get emailed on changes to the files inside those folders?

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                                        • Emailer Plugin (extras)

                                          A plugin that send emails when events occur.

                                          Plans to enhance the plugin with rules similar to the execute plugin. Ideas include:

                                          - delay before sending mail (0...5 min, files probably is still locked)
                                          - delete files after sending
                                          - archive files in one archive (a lot of small files)

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                                            Leaving scheduling out of the plugin for now unless there is demand for it. Having advanced scheduling for when to send emails at a specific time would be a powerful feature although complex for the small potential usage.

                                            Windows scheduling should suffice for most scenarios and the current rules/options are sufficient to get notified when changes occur rather than a full scheduling setup.

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