NetFort Tips & Tricks - How to find Windows XP in your IT environment

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As long planned, Microsoft ended support for XP users on April 8th, 2014! - meaning no new security updates will be offered. And without these security patches, anyone using the operating system leaves the network open to an attack the next time a vulnerability is discovered. When Microsoft release updates to fix issues with Windows 7 and 8 etc., hackers will try to exploit those same vulnerabilities on XP as the operating system's have a lot in common.

It looks like a lot of companies will still be running XP after the deadline though. Some of the challenges IT professionals anticipate during xp migration are lack of time, lack of resources, compatibility with current software, user training, downtime and compatibility with business critical apps.

A LANGuardian customer recently contacted us with an interesting use case. They had largely purged XP but still had remnants, as some kit that required XP had yet to be replaced and, users who were using XP had been told not to connect to the network again but may not be adhering to this policy.

Another issue is XP kit connected to the network that no one is aware of. We're helping them create an inventory of XP systems on their network.

The optional LANGuardian Web Browsers module detects the user-agent string that any http user agent transmits. For example, it could be MS Office seeking updates, XP seeking updates or some 3rd party application when they access a website. The information in the user-agent string includes device and operating system details. From this information, LANGuardian can determine what operating systems are in use on the network. See the screenshot below for an example.

You can see the Web Browser module and the Web Browsers :: Systems running Windows XP report in action on the live demo system -- click Web Browsers in the Other section of the Reports menu.

Watch this short YouTube video to find out more about how to detect the presence of Windows XP clients on your network and, keep an eye out for improved Windows XP system detection in upcoming releases of LANGuardian.

If you would like to try out the Web Browsers module on your own LANGuardian implementation, please contact us to arrange a free trial.

As always, if you have questions about any aspect of LANGuardian, please contact us on any time.
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