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How do I tell how much downloads and uploads (in GB) are done to a folder in windows?

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I need to find this out for a folder that is shared on my Windows server. I need the download and upload stats for each month. Is there a download meter of some sort that I can use? any means possible would greatly help.
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That is a really, really heard thing to measure.  Are you looking for uploads as in moves out (source file transferred from originating folder to somewhere else) or copies out (source file remaining in originating folder while also adding to somewhere else)?  Downloads would be easier but still difficult, especially if you want a cumulative sum.

If you let us know what you are trying to accomplish it would be easier to know how to help...

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There is about 200GB worth of data in the folder, and everyone in the company accesses the folder every now and then, even from remote locations and from home (over VPN). I am looking to host the files with a file storage hosting company, so that we can all get to the files, download and upload them from anywhere, without VPN connection. The amount per GB for this solution is pretty cheap, however, they also charge for uploads per GB and downloads per GB, on an ongoing basis. I need to ascertain how much downloads the folder experiences and how much uploads (both in GB) as well, so that I can forecast how much we're likely to pay monthly for the hosted file storage service.
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Hrm... Does your server do anything else other than file storage?
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It also hosts 2 databases. One is CRM and the other is accounting.
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Well, then monitoring the NIC for traffic won't help...

OK.... Have you purchased any 3rd party monitoring tools (like SolarWinds, What's Up Gold, etc)?
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No. i am only trying to monitor one folder on the server though.
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Windows Auditing will tell you who and when and how a file was accessed, but not its size.  A script to monitor folder size would tell you when stuff was written to it (uploaded in your scenario) and deleted from it (download in your scenario), but not when it was copied (download in your scenario).  I don't really see a solution outside of using a third party app which is aware of file level access (read, write, delete, etc).

An option on that regard is SysInternals DiskMon

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896646

I think it will get you the info you need.

DrUltima
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