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MS Network Monitor vs. MS Performance Monitor

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MS Network Monitor vs. MS Performance Monitor

I need to know basically what each utility does and when or what it is used for.
I am currently having some trouble with an access database.  

Or is there a better, more user friendly 3rd party monitoring software I should use?
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MS Network Monitor vs. MS Performance Monitor

Network Monitor is used for capturing packets on the wire - a protocol analyzer for analyzing communications on the network. Performance Monitor is used for checking internal system functions such as processor utilization, memory utilization, interrupts in use, etc.

As far as protocol analyzers go, Ethereal is free and has very strong decodes (tells you what protocol is being used). You can download it from http://www.ethereal.com. You will also need the WinPcap driver, also available at that site and others. Several commercial analyzers are available as well. I think Etherpeek is the simplest to use in terms of creating advanced filters and is reasonbly priced for the basic analyzer (about $1,000). There is also Network Observer, and Sniffer. Another option is Netscan Tools Pro (about $300 I think) and it also has a protocol analyzer and lots of useful tools for analyzing network performance. I use Ethereal, EtherPeek and Netscan Tools and find them all to be useful. Also check out Solarwinds toolsets at http://www.solarwinds.net.

As far as your Access database is concerned, is it a problem when it is accessed via the network, or standalone? If it is a performance issue when in standalone mode, then check out the system it is running on. If it is doggy when accessed by multiple users, it could be that you have reached the maximum number of users that can be efficiently supported by Access. I believe that Access performance drops off rapidly as the number of users increase. If you are not having any other network problems, then most likely it is either the design of the database, the system it is running on, or the number of users accessing the database.
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