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Hi, I have win2k and a small LAN. is it possible to monitor all the computers with details like how many kb/s are going through which computer, total kb's transmitted and other tools which also might be helpful? Any advice is appreciated. Thank you

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Yes, using a sniffer type of product, e.g., Ethereal.  You may have trouble monitoring the LAN if you use a switch, unless it has an "unswitched mode" for one of the ports.
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If all you'd like to monitor is the bandwidth usage, try the following:

Start->Settings->Control Panel

Go to Administrative Tools

Choose Performance...

After that comes up, theres a "+" button to add counters to the real time graph.  You can add counters for the PC you're logged into.  You might be able to connect to your other PC this way as well, from the same PC!  Anyways, the counter you'll want will be "Performance object: Network Interface" and you'll want "Bytes Total/sec" (or you can add both bytes sent and received).  Its a great tool, and can be used for much more than network monitorting...

On another note that Ethereal sniffer is also a great tool, especially if you'd like to see WHAT is being sent, to who and from where...  Indespensible.

-Scott
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The freeware solutions is install MRTG on one of your Windows 2000 boxes (also available in other flavours) and montior your switches. Then you'll know how manny incoming and outgoing traffic is generating every computer in your network.

If you have hubs and no switches this is not a valid solution. Also, your switches must support SNMP (very probably they support).

Links:

http://people.ee.ethz.ch/~oetiker/webtools/mrtg/

Good luck!

Juanma Merino
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