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Hi,

What is a great open source tool I can use to track network traffic, mainly ip's and port traffic and log it to a central location that is easy to review?

Thanks
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How indepth data is it you want?

at work we use for our monitoring and logging

http://www.cacti.net

For more advanced troubleshooting we use Wireshark

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Cacti looks good, is cacti hard to use and is it open source?  Also, is there a way to store it, I am trying to keep a monitor running.....
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If you're familiar with *nix platforms then nTop is a good and easy to setup solution to gather data from a switch monitor port or a netflow sender.
And as Reubenweish said, use Wireshark to investigate further if you need it.

http://www.ntop.org/

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great thanks, also is there any good video training for wireshark?
madunixExecutive IT Director, MVE
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Cacti would be great for yourcase. Cacti is a complete network graphing solution designed to harness the power of RRDTool's http://oss.oetiker.ch/rrdtool/ data storage and graphing functionality. I use Cacti , MRTG and Nagios (Linux based open source software), to monitor network services and servers, average time,  up-time, availability for free or any services goes down.

check out
http://www.groundworkopensource.com GroundWork Monitor Enterprise
http://www.hyperic.com Hyperic HQ
http://www.icinga.org Icinga
http://www.nagios.com Nagios
http://www.n-able.com N-central
http://www.op5.com op5 Monitor
http://www.open-itcockpit.com openITCockpit
http://www.opennms.org OpenNMS
http://www.hp.com/de/bto HP OpenView
http://www.bmc.com BMC PATROL ProactiveNet Performance Management
http://www.shinken-monitoring.org Shinken
http://www.ibm.com/software/de/tivoli IBM Tivoli
http://www.ca.com/de CA Unicenter
http://www.whatsupgold.com WhatsUp Gold
http://www.zabbix.com Zabbix
http://www.zenoss.com Zenoss Enterprise
http://www.paessler.com/prtg/ PRTG

I do splunk for logs  and data correlation Splunk http://www.splunk.com/ 

Wireshark:
http://www.wireshark.org/news/20060714.html
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=wireshark&aq=f

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