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track data usage on a network

By jonno112 ·
I work at a school with about 120 desktops and 20 laptops for some reason our we are using (in comparison to other schools)a lot of bandwidth. Is there any way to track with software or some other device what ip addresses are causing the most traffic or who is downloading a lot of data.

Server 2003
Users XP Pro

I sort of don,t know what else you would need to know.

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by matherg In reply to track data usage on a net ...

We use a product from Solar Winds to monitor our network that will do exactly what you are looking for. For more information go to

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I thought i had allready done this but thanks again and as is said before i have the solar winds software.

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by omairziaee In reply to track data usage on a net ...

The easiest way would be to drop some sort of intrusion
detection sensor on the network. Look into Snort An even easier way to pull this off would be to
download the bootable Network security toolkit iso from

Keep in mind that if your on a switched network you will need to
configure monitoring ports on your switches to catch all traffic,
if the virus is broadcasting (which it appears to be doing) this
should not be an issue. Snort will fire a large amount of alerts
unless you tune the ruleset be aware that not all these alerts are
bad and most will be legitimate traffic. Reading the
documentation on snorts site will help you with this aspect.

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