Im looking for software that can help me trend my network and also quickly troubleshoot issues when a customer calls in and says the network is slow. I want a product that is easy and quick to use (emphasis once again quick and easy).
I currently use solar winds for monitoring my switchs. If I have a customer to call in and say the network is slow, I usually check to make sure there are no errors on the switch ports, and that the switches processor and memory is ok. I would like a tool that could help me delve further into the problem. Id also like to have a tool that could help me trend my network performance so I would have a base line.
Ive used both ethereal and wireshark in the past to troubleshoot network slow downs, but I want something that is more user friendly and that will quickly tell me what the problem is. I find that I have to do a lot of digging to get the information I need to troubleshoot network problems using ethereal or wireshark. I was looking at mazu networks NBA but I read somewhere that starting prices were about 45,000. That is a little expensive for my budget.
If anyone has any suggestions for affordable windows based network behavior analysis tools please let me know.