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Need a simple way of monitoring amount of network bandwidth on our servers

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Is there a way to monitor network traffic on our 2 current servers?  I want to make sure the 1GB network interface is not a bottleneck. I just want to be able to see if the 1G interfaces are a bottleneck to see if a fiber optic connection would improve performance so I just want to see if they are getting maxed out but when I began looking into Network monitoring or bandwidth The sites go on into things that are more complex and expensive then the simple operation I'm trying to find out.



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If you are just looking for snapshot information, you can use the Networking Tab in Windows Task Manager.  It displays your network adapters and shows a graph of traffic across that interface.

You can also monitor bandwidth using a wide number of tools available on the Internet.  I'm using Spiceworks locally for a number of htings, including server bandwidth monitoring.

You could also look at MRTG or PRTG and set up port monitoring on your servers' ports to capture the same information.  Plus, you'd also have some good information logged on traffic patterns.
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Another tool you may want to look at is http://www.bwmonitor.com/

Also, there's the Network Meter gadget http://addgadget.com/network_meter/
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I need to be able to monitor it over a day or 2 not just snapshot. I've tried PRTG but aftter about 2 hours of setting up counters and agents or whatever I don't think thats what we need. it might be able to do what we need but I don't know how to use it well enough to figure out.
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Then definitely check out the Bandwidth Monitor software I posted above.  I just installed it on my laptop, and was very simple to get up and running.  You'll need to install it on all machines you're looking to monitor.
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