Processing EZ Proxy Logs and IIS Web Server Logs with Sawmill Professional

Posted by Derrick on January 30, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Processing EZ Proxy logs and IIS Web Server logs with Sawmill Professional is something that many individuals, organizations, and companies can do.  Recently I taught a 1-Day On-site Sawmill Professional Training at the University of Central Florida.  There organization wanted to take advantage of Sawmill Professional’s capabilities for processing various types of logs and their need to process EZ Proxy Logs and IIS Web Server logs was a high priority. Class attendees were taught how to create profiles for EZ Proxy logs and IIS Web Server logs. The great benefit of Sawmill Professional is it makes processing these log type very easy. When users create a profile for EZ Proxy logs or IIS Web Server logs, Sawmill will help guide the user by providing options for choosing the correct log type. Once the profile is created a database will be built and then users can dive into report creation.

In addition to learning how to process EZ Proxy logs and IIS Web Server logs, students also learned how to also process Wowza Media Server Pro logs, Windows Firewall logs, Filezilla FTP Server logs, and Apache Server Logs.  Attendees were able to learn how to take advantage of Sawmill Professional for creating custom reports for gathering visitor demographics, web page views, troubleshooting errors, videos analytics, FTP server info and other items

In the training students also learned techniques such as:

  • Creating Macros for Repetitive Tasks and Reports
  • Creating Customized Single Page Reports
  • Customizing Navigation within Reports
  • Exporting Report Tables to .CSV files
  • Scheduling Repetitive Tasks
  • Creating Profiles from logs on an FTP Server
  • How to Utilize Filters
  • Setting up DNS for Resolving Domain Names
  • Creating User Accounts for Remote Log-in
  • Customizing Statistics and Manager Roles for Users

Call Freeman Compression Inc. 407.477.5837 or E-mail us at info@freemancompression.com if you’d like to attend one of our Sawmill Professional Training classes. You’ll learn how to take advantage of using Sawmill Professional for processing EZ Proxy logs, IIS Web Server logs, Wowza Media Server Pro logs, Windows Firewall logs, Filezilla FTP Server logs, or Apache Server Logs. You can attend one of on-line classes or attend one of our trainings in Orlando. You can also arrange for an on-site training at your location.

Free Video Streaming and Compression Tools Training in Cincinnati

Posted by Derrick on January 26, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

A free Video Streaming and Compression Tools Training will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 19, 2010.  The training Sponsored by Telestream and Flowerfire will be held at the Courtyard Cincinnati Covington.  The training will be taught by Derrick Freeman, Instructor and Video Streaming and Compression Consultant for Freeman Compression Inc. If you need to get familiar with video streaming and compression and live in Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, then make sure you attend the Free Episode Encoder, Wirecast and Sawmill Professional Training in Ohio. The training will get you up to speed with video encoding using Telestream’s Episode Encoder and webcasting with Telestream’s Wirecast.  Attendees will also learn how to encode videos for downloadable streaming and real-time streaming, plus learn about different compression methods such as 1-pass and 2-pass encoding.  You will also get familiar with analyzing log files using Sawmill Professional.  Sawmill can process hundreds of different log types and users will learn how to process Streaming server logs, Apache Server logs, FTP logs, and IIS Web Server logs and other log types in the Sawmill training session. Click Here to Register for the Event in Ohio.

Wowza Media Server Consulting

Posted by Derrick on January 21, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Wowza Media Server 2 consulting is available from Freeman Compression Inc.  If you’re launching on-line video and you desire to implement Flash Video streaming, you can utilize the Wowza Media Server 2 for delivering your content. Freeman Compression Inc. can set up your Wowza Streaming Server either the PC or Mac platform. We can train you and your staff on how to use the server and how to configure the settings. Let us assist you both with Live Streaming and On-Demand streaming with Wowza Media Server 2.

Freeman Compression is available for the following services:

  • Wowza Media Server 2 Set-up
  • Configuring On-demand streaming
  • Configure Flash Live Streaming
  • Instruction on Flash .FLV encoding using the On2 VP6 codec
  • Instruction on H.264 .MP4 encoding using the H.264 codec
  • Live Streaming Set-up with Wirecast, or Adobe Flash Media Encoder
  • Live Encoding from RTSP-based encoders
  • Live Streaming to iPhone and iPod Touch
  • On-demand Streaming to iPhone and iPod Touch
  • Analyzing Wowza Media Server 2 and Wowza Media Server Pro logs with Sawmill Professional
  • Authoring of Flash Streaming Content with Dreamweaver, JW Player, Flash Professional

Give us a call at 407.477.5837 for more information or E-mail us at info@freemancompression.com.

Processing FileZilla FTP Logs with Sawmill Professional

Posted by Derrick on December 8, 2009 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Processing FileZilla FTP Logs with Sawmill Professional can be very beneficial.  Not only is Samwill Professional a great tool for processing log files for streaming servers and web servers but it works well for processing FTP logs.  How does Sawmill help you in this case?  If you have a scenario where you would like to monitor the videos that your clients have downloaded, Sawmill  can assist you.  First you’ll to need to download the FileZilla logs from your FTP Server.

OK, Let’s get started.  Launch Sawmill Professional and log into the application.  First, let’s create a Profile for FileZilla by clicking the Create New Profile button.

When the dialog window appears you’ll see an option to select a file or folder of files.  Next, click the Browse button.

When the option comes up to select your file, click on the folder that the FileZilla log files are in.  Once you select your folder click the OK button.

When you get back to the log source selection section click the Next button.

Now Sawmill will try to detect the Log Format type you’re processing.

When the detecting process completes select your log type

At the next page you see type in your Profile into the text box.  You can call your Profile name FileZilla logs.

Next, Click the Finish button.

When the next screen appears,  click on the link that displays Process Data & View Reports.

Once you click the Process Data & View Reports link, Sawmill will start creating your database.

After your database is complete click the Log Details link in the Menu Bar to the left.

You can see now that the database shows the files that have been downloaded designated as RETR in the column to the far right.  The downloaded video name is in the Log Details overview as well as the user name of the person that logged into retrieve the file.

Now, this is just one of the items that you can perform in Sawmill.  To learn more advanced techniques such as Scheduling Log Processing, Working with Roles, Resolving Domains, attend on our 1-day Sawmill Professional training classes.

1-Day Sawmill Professional Training

Posted by Derrick on September 3, 2009 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Class Summary: This Sawmill Professional training is designed to teach you how to take advantage of one of the best tools for analyzing log files.  With this tool you can analyze log files from Streaming Servers, Web Server, Apache Servers, Firewalls, FTP servers and many other devices. You’ll learn great tips for unlocking all the great features of Sawmill Professional by turning hard-to-read logs into easy-to-read tables. Our Certified Instructor will teach you how to process your log files. Learn how to resolve domain names, create custom reports, filter out unimportant database fields and gather data from specific cities and states. This training will also teach you other invaluable topics on log file analysis . When providing streaming videos on-line it’s important to be able to justify the need for streaming services to CEOs, Supervisors, Marketing Managers, TV Station Managers and other Professionals. Sawmill Professional helps you do that by providing detailed information about viewers, bandwidth usage, errors, most popular viewing days and many other items.  This class is available In-class, On-site and On-line.  Contact us at 407.477.5837 or E-mail us at info@freemancompression.com for more details about this training class.

In this training students will also learn:

  • How to Create Customized Reports
  • How to Resolve Domain Names
  • How to View Session Paths
  • Where to Locate Web Server and Streaming Server Log Files
  • How to Analyze Web Server and Streaming Server Log files
  • How to Analyze Apache Server, Firewall and FTP Server Log files
  • How to Use Filters for Remove Unwanted Data in a Report
  • How to Process Specific Time periods

Cost: $790
Class is available for Mac and PC platforms

Students are provided with the following:

  • Training certificate
  • 3 hours of post training technical support
  • Video recording of the entire training session

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Class Overview

1. Sawmill Set-up

This portion of the class will walk students through the process of setting up Sawmill Professional. Students will learn how to set up Profiles for various log types. You’ll learn how to add additional users, specify the folders where your log files are located and how to add DNS information to resolve Domain Names. This portion on the class will also teach you how to add a customized name for a report.

2. Interface Overview

Get a feel for the Sawmill landscape as you learn where the most important interface items are located. This training module unlocks details about all the key areas that you’ll use in building your reports. You’ll learn about items such as: View Reports,View Config, Users, More Options, Log Filters, Admin, Database Info and other items.

3. Locating Web Server and Streaming Server Log Files

Before you can analyze your log files you have to first be able to find them. In this training you’ll learn where to find log files for a Web Server, Windows Media Streaming Server, Quicktime streaming Server and Wowza Flash Streaming Server.

4. Processing Web Server Logs

During this training you’ll learn how to set up your profile for performing log file analysis of Web Server log files. In addition to learning how to process files from a web server you’ll also learn about the available database fields that can be found when processing web server logs.

5. Processing Streaming Server Logs

You’ll learn how to set up your profile for performing log file analysis of Streaming Server log files. In addition to learning how to process files from a streaming server you’ll also learn about the available database fields that can be found when processing streaming server logs. You’ll also learn about the differences in information found on a web servers and streaming servers.

6. Processing Apache Server Logs

Sawmill Professional is great for processing Apache Server log files. Learn how to create reports that contain Hits, Pageviews, Spiders, Worms, Errors and other data. You can also gather information on the Web Browsers and Operating Systems your viewers use. This class will teach you how to gather information about Authenticated Users, Search Engines, Referrers, Broken Links and Server Responses.

7. Processing Firewall Logs

This portion of the training will teach you how to create reports using your Firewall log files. You’ll learn how to gather important information about who is attempting to connect to your server. In the class, we’ll create reports that provide information on Source IP Addresses, Destination IP Addresses, Source Ports, Destination Ports, and Session details.

8. Processing FTP Server Logs

In this training module, our Certified Instructor will show you how to create detailed reports for activity occurring on your FTP server. Your report will include details on User Names, File Types, Client IPs, Sessions, and Errors. These reports are great for making sure only authorized users are connecting and downloading files.

9. Resolving Domain Names

In your reports under Client IPs with the default settings, your IP Addresses will be displayed in tables only as numbers unless you resolve the Domain Names. You’ll learn where to add you DNS information so that when you create you reports you can see the Domain that viewers are coming from. This is an extremely valuable feature of Sawmill Professional.

10. Utilizing Filters

It’s great to take advantage of using filters in Sawmill Professional. With filters you can choose not to include certain database fields and items in your report. For example, if you don’t want to include a certain Domain Name or IP Address in your report you can make sure the information doesn’t get included by using a filter. In this part of the class you learn about all the great tasks you perform by applying filters.

11. Creating Customized Reports

If you have specific information that you would like to get out of your report on a regular basis, you can create a Customized Report. You can name the report and only include those items that you’re interested in. You can even take your Customized Reporting to a whole new level by adding a Menu Item name on the left hand sidebar. This is an amazing feature and our 1-Day Sawmill Professional training class will teach attendees how.

12. Understanding Session Paths

Viewing Session Paths is one of the coolest features of Sawmill Professional. This is a very important feature that Marketing departments might be interested in. Learn how to view session paths in this training module. What’s unique about viewing Session Paths is that you can see which videos users are viewing and then see where they go after viewing one particular video. This is helpful because you can see the activity of your  streaming viewers after they view certain videos.

13. Getting City, State and Country Demographics

Users can process web server and streaming server log files right down to the City to get the information they need. If you have specific cities that you want to target with a streaming media campaign, you can see if your videos are being viewed by individuals in those particular cities. Let this class show you how to get statistics on cities as well as states and countries.

Sawmill Professional can also process Microsoft Exchange Server, McAfee, Cisco, Coldfusion, Interscan, NetGear, Novell, Oracle, Symantec, Watchguard, and Windows Event logs. In total the application supports 819 log formats.

Give us a call about signing up to attend one of our Sawmill Professional Trainings On-line, On-site or in Columbus, Ohio.  Call Freeman Compression Inc. at 407.477.5837 for more information or e-mail us at info@freemancompression.com.  Individuals from any country can attend our On-line training classes.