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network connection consistency test

I have a small network, only 10-20 connections.  8 users.  7 of these users use Timeslips, from the server, over a network connection.  1 user is consistently frozen out.  Sometimes it happens more often, but it's at least once per day.  It's not during any specific Timeslips action or time of day, etc.  Timeslips techs can't figure it out.  All the other users have a stable Timeslips experience.  So, it has me thinking that there may be some physical intermittent interruption to this user's wired connection to the network and server.  I've never seen him offline, he doesn't lose access to other network resources, the "red X's" don't appear over his mapped network drives, and Timeslips shouldn't be THAT sensitive, BUT somehow I've still got this problem.  Any ideas or help are appreciated.

I'm wondering if there is a way to test/monitor his connectivity to the shared Timeslips folder on the server over a period of time to see if it cuts out.  Can I run a test like this without affecting the other users (much) on the network?

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Jarrod731
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eeRootCommented:
The easiest test of a server's is a constant ping of large packets, like this:
ping x.x.x.x -t -l 15000

If the ping response is consistent, then open several command prompt windows and see how many constant, large packet, pings the server can handle.

To monitor the server automatically over time, there are freeware tools like Nagios and PRTG
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