Performance utility

I have several PCs where I work that have the same specs, but open files located on a Linux file server at different speeds.  I was wondering if there is a utility to benchmark network performance from specific PCs to and from a Linux server.
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A simple, but highly effective, test of network performance is to check the speed at which FTP transfers of a file in the 2-5Mb in both directions occurs. A common problem in a network environment is a link mode negotiation problem, which will lead to very slow sustained network transfers. The effect isn't very noticable for small transfers, but becomes glaringly obvious in an FTP transfer.


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