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Network monitering for a small Lan

By pete_may ·
I work as IT support for a small Lan, roughly 50 users spread on three floors. The network is NT 4.0 with a Linux print server and two Macs for the marketing department. I'm looking for an inexpensive toll or set of tools to moniter network traffic, identify any bottlnecks, warn me of any computers or printers going offline and scan for any users installing software and opened ports. There must be some simple software out there desighned for the small network as all the one's I've seen have been too expensive.
any suggestions
Peter

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by calves In reply to Network monitering for a ...

I don't know what you consider inexpensive, but here is a link you wnat to check it out:
http://www.net3group.com/
They're among the best in the business

Good Luck!

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by avachon In reply to Network monitering for a ...

Hi, look at www.ipswitch.com
Look at what's up 2.6 (there is also a more robust "gold" version). You'll find a listing of what the products will do and you can download a trial version so you can try before you commit. Hope this helps.

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by pete_may In reply to Network monitering for a ...
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To monitor network traffic you can use NetworkMonitor from Windows NT server or better util is NetworkMonitor from Microsoft SMS. Or you can use sniffer by Network Assotiation. To identify some bottlnecks with you Windows NT you can use Perfomance monitor. To find bottleneck in Linux use command like "top", am I right? If you have SNMP enabled devices (computer with SNMP agent and printer) you can recieve warn of any computers or printers going offline and many other information but you mast buy expensive SNMP manager like Optivity. To scan you software use Microsoft SMS. I think you can not find one package, it will a set of different one. And I hope you dont need use it every time because it will decrease common performance.

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by Aaron V In reply to Network monitering for a ...

Since you already have Linux experience, I would recommend MRTG
http://ee-staff.ethz.ch/~oetiker/webtools/mrtg/mrtg.html

It is a free application that will do what you have asked, and a great deal more from what I have seen.

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by nrodriguez In reply to Network monitering for a ...

Use Net X-RAy!!! This is really cool!
specifically: Sniffer Pro LAN or WAN

I don't know what you think is expensive but this will let you try it out and see what's up.

www.axial.co.uk

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