ISA Server 2004 & 2006 initial setup

By default Microsoft ISA Server 2004 & 2006 stores log files into MSDE databases (Microsoft SQL Desktop Engine). ProxyInspector work only with log files since access to the log files is significantly faster than access to SQL databases(nevertheless you can import data from existing MSDE databases using Database | Move data from ISA 2004 & 2006 MSDE databases). ProxyInspector supports both W3C and ISA Native log files formats. Recommended format is W3C.

Log files options placement in ISA Management Console 2004 & 2006

In order to switch log files format from MSDE to W3C please do the following:

 Run ISA Management Console
 Select Monitoring item on the left pane
 Select Logging tab on the center pane
 Select Tasks tab on the right pane

You will need to change log files format for Firewall and Web proxy. Please choose Configure Firewall Logging and Configure Web Proxy Logging items and perform actions shown below for each.

Log file format settings for Firewall and Web Proxy

Check on File option. In the dropdown list select W3C extended log file format. Enable logging for this service option should be enabled. If you want to change log files location, press Options button, another dialog will appear where you can change the log files path, Compress log files and Delete log files older than should remain disabled. Select Fields tab and check that all necessary fields are enabled. Please see table below for the list of necessary fields.

Necessary fields

Firewall log filesWeb proxy log files

Log Date
Log Time
Client IP and port
Destination IP and port
Bytes sent
Bytes sent Delta
Bytes recevied
Bytes recevied Delta
Client Username
Client Agent

Client IP
Client Username
Client Agent
Log Date
Log Time
Bytes Recevied
Bytes Sent
Object source
HTTP Status Code