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Hi All,

My organization is considering moving to a managed co-location for various reasons.  With this, we are being asked to supply a bandwidth usage report to determine how much we are using.  How can I go about capturing this data to encompass the entire network?  Including servers t hat run VDI for virtual desktops and replication to another location.  

-Anthony
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by:netcmh
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Do you have a core switch? Running MRTG or the like on a server to poll data from this and other switches, as well as other network components, would enable you to get the numbers you're looking for.
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We do have a core switch.  Is it difficult to set this up?  Sorry for not being as versed on this, I don't know enough about it.
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MRTG is techincally inclined. It's windows alternative is PRTG, Cacti, Spiceworks etc. Read http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/five-apps/five-apps-that-bring-sanity-to-network-monitoring/.

Let me know which one you think you'd be able to setup and I can guide you, as I've done them all.
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I think the quickest turn around for you could be http://www.spiceworks.com/free-network-monitoring-management-software/. This isn't realtime though. I don't think you'd need that for your purpose.
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I actually have spiceworks installed on a server; however the bandwidth monitor tool doesn't work properly.  Nothing comes up.
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How have you been led to set it up?
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No I haven't, but in reviewing it- I noticed quite a few errors so I'm going to follow the directions about setting up a GPO to allow the scanning to complete successfully.
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I decided to go with PRTG- I like it more.  How can I setup reports to monitor bandwidth?
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These are great!

Thanks for your help.  I really appreciate it.
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You're welcome. Good luck. Thanks for the grade.
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