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Network Behavior analysis tool

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.
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RogieeCommented:
Hello SHAX,
If you are already using SolarWinds, you might want to try out a trial of the SolarWinds engineer's toolkit.  I think it may have what you're looking for.


Regards,

Rogiee
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SHAXAuthor Commented:
Are devices are not netflow compatible so the solar winds orion tool set will net give us any network analysis information.  Anyone else have any suggestions.

Thanks,
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SHAXAuthor Commented:
Info not helpful. Needed more imput
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