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Snow Leopard Server with 5 Windows 7 workstations needing broadband bandwidth monitoring

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We run a snow leopard server and 5 workstations, which all plugs into our switch.
Our ADSL broadband comes through an Ethernet modem, which connects to a Netgear Prosafe router/firewall, which connects straight our switch as well.

We need a reporting functionality on the bandwidth usage of each workstation.

Can anyone recommend something feasible - hardware or software.

Thanks.

Sean
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Hi,

If you have Windows virtual machine on your server you can use PRTG to monitor ports on switch:
http://www.paessler.com/prtg

"PRTG Network Monitor is available as fully functional 30-day trial license and Freeware Edition, which is completely free for personal and commercial use. The Commercial Editions are required to monitor more than ten sensors".


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Other option is to install directly MRTG on Snow Leopard Server (if you don't have any expirience with Fink I would not suggest that).

I think the best way, beside my first post is to install VirtualBox and create Linux virtual machine with MRTG. It is not the simplest solution, but if you mess something iti will not affect Server OS.

Kind regards!
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PRTG lets me monitor SNMP status of machines and bandwidth, but was hoping for monthly bandwidth usage reporting.
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PRTG can generate reports:

In-Depth Reporting

    * Reports in HTML or PDF format
    * Reporting tasks can be run ad-hoc or scheduled (daily, weekly, monthly)
    * Historic monitoring data can be exported as HTML, XML, CSV
    * More than 30 report templates included
          o Detailed graphs and data tables for one or more sensors
          o Uptime/Downtime (% and seconds)
          o Good/failed requests (% and totals)
          o Top 100 Bandwidth Usage
          o Top 100 CPU Usage
          o Top 100 Ping Times
          o Top 100 Disk Space
          o Top 100 Uptime/Downtime
          o And several others

More info here: http://www.paessler.com/manuals/prtg8/reports.htm
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Thanks for that.
I do use PRTG for SNMP monitoring now for up/down time of devices/services, with the scheduled reports.

We have found bandwidth monitoring includes LAN and WAN. Is there a way to differentiate WAN only?

Thanks in advance.
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Under "SNMP Traffic Sensor Settings" configuration, there is option to enter one or more tags. So you can enter "WAN" as tag under sensors that are monitoring WAN ports (you have to do it manually).
http://www.paessler.com/manuals/prtg8/snmp_traffic_sensor.htm

When creating report in the Add Sensors by Tag field, enter a tag that matches the sensor range you want a report for. In this case tag is WAN.
http://www.paessler.com/manuals/prtg8/reports_step_by_step.htm  (Step 4)

Hope this helps!
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