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How to gather GFI WebMonitor (standalone proxy) Troubleshooter Logging

Follow these instructions when requested by a GFI Technical Support Representative.  If you do not have an open case, please first submit a request at www.gfi.com/supportform.

Please follow these steps to provide information to isolate the issue:

  • Note: Please follow each of the steps in order and include all of the files requested to prevent delays due to requests for additional information.
  1. Stop GFI WebMonitor Core Service and GFI Proxy services
    • Note: Internet cannot be accessed while the services are stopped.
  2. Delete all files from the <GFI WebMonitor installation folder>\DebugLogs directory
  3. Set registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\GFI\WebMonitor\debug to 1.
  4. Start the services stopped in step 1.
  5. Look in the Webmonitor\DebugLogs directory until you see that the logs files start to be created.
  6. Reproduce the problem:
    • Take screenshots of the client desktop and clock (and time of the connections) and the result so we can find it in the logging. You could use the problem step recorder for it.
    • On the WebMonitor server immediately copy the WebMonitor\DebugLogs directory and paste it into the DebugLogs directory. This is necessary to capture the problem in the logging before the logs overwrite.
  7. Run the GFI WebMonitor troubleshooter from Start > Programs > GFI WebMonitor > Troubleshooter
    • Note: If the Troubleshooter application appears to "hang" for more than 5 minutes, click Cancel, and copy the <GFI WebMonitor installation folder>\DebugLogs directory into the <GFI WebMonitor installation folder>\Support directory and continue with the next step.
  8. Go to the installation directory of GFI WebMonitor and zip the <GFI WebMonitor installation folder>\Support folder.
  9. Save the following to the <GFI WebMonitor installation folder>\Support folder.  Your APPLICATION and SYSTEM event logs in EVT format
  10. Save the screenshots file with the http links also
  11. Generate a gfinfo.nfo file by typing  'msinfo32 /nfo c:\gfinfo.nfo' into the Start > Run line and put it in the folder (allow the necessary time for this file to generate data).
  12. Zip up the Support folder. Rename the file according to the following format yyyy_mm_dd_<case number>.zip (ex.. 2008_09_12_GFI-12345-67890).
  13. Upload the file to our FTP server:
Login to the FTP server (Note: If you see a page with many files and folders, right-click on the page and choose Logon As..., and put in the credentials below)

FTP Server details:

Host: ftp://ftp.gfisoftware.com

User: gfi

Pass: gfi911cust

If using Internet Explorer use ftp://gfi:gfi911cust@ftp.gfisoftware.com

Copy and paste the file into the page.
  1. Reply to the case email with the exact FILENAME uploaded


Disable debug once you have collected the logging by reversing the steps:

  1. Stop GFI WebMonitor Core service and GFI Proxy service.
  2. Set registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\GFI\WebMonitor\debug to 0. 
  3. Restart the GFI WebMonitor service and GFI Proxy service.