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Topic # 30158 30-Jan-2009 12:58
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This question is not specific to XNet, but I am posting it here because I know very well about the issues people have/had with XNet and I'm sure there are people that have a solution they've implemented for their VFX devices or ADSL connections.

My main job function is design/build/programming of automated test systems for products we manufacture.  An issue was identified that has been isolated to either the servers or the infrastructure (cabling).  We have WinXP PCs randomly freezing up for 30 seconds to 2 minutes (appears to be multiples of 30 seconds) when accessing network files.

I am looking for software that can monitor the network so we have a record of frequency and duration, to pinpoint where the problem lies and justify upgrade.  I've got limited networking knowledge, but my thoughts are we could have a few PCs doing only monitoring by pinging a router, accessing a network file, and pinging another PC on the same switch.

There must be people that remotely monitors/pings/logs the status of their VFX devices, or monitors their ADSL connection, to achieve the same thing.  Any software you can recommend, or shall we just go write a batch file to do this in a crude way?  I want to present solutions on Monday rather than just blaming the people I'll address.  Thanks.

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  Reply # 192925 30-Jan-2009 14:24
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a number of ISP's use nagios (

there are a number of plugins for nagios to check, ping, disk space, services running, check for updates etc etc.

worth a look :)

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  Reply # 193328 2-Feb-2009 07:08
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Thanks Josh, but I'll have to look for a WinXP solution.  Will probably write a script of some sorts, can't be too hard.

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  Reply # 194476 6-Feb-2009 15:14
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I would be looking at running perfmon logging on the server, recording disk and network stats.

What sort of switching do you have? Does it have a web interface?

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  Reply # 194483 6-Feb-2009 15:50
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Whatever they are running on the server si saying there is no problem at all but the file server apparently is having problems.  I suspect the problem is with the $15 switches they use...

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  Reply # 194717 8-Feb-2009 10:40
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I used to see my windows xp box randomly stall for around a minute at a time.
Fixed my one by removing mapped network drives/shares in the explorer because some of them were unavailable or "disconnected."  Try removing all mapped drives and the cached network places list.

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