After setting up a network, it is very important to monitor the network. Network administrator’s job is to monitor network. Network monitoring is important because you never know when a server is down or LAN is hacked or there is a power supply failure.  You can be prepared for them by monitoring your network settings continuously.

Understand monitoring of network

Network monitoring is understood as the checking of computers, routers, LANs, cables and everything which comprises a network. The regular monitoring makes a network more robust and secure. Network monitoring not only provides information about the problems that occur in network but it also gives tips to improve networks.  If your network monitoring system is effective then it will alert you about any critical situation when it arises. The software also keeps track of all the data. This can be helpful to tweak your network.

Software to monitor the network

There are number of software available to monitor your network and to improve the network. These software record, capture and display all the data to the administrator. These software are useful to improve the network.

Here are some software which can be useful to monitor the network:

A lot of free software are available online. You can download and install them on your system. Bandwidth monitor is one of them. You can use this software to monitor the bandwidth of the network which is compatible with all versions of Windows Operating systems. It also gives daily, monthly and weekly logs about network.

Server pinging is used to know whether the servers are alive and pinging.  Server pinging also gives popup messages when one of the servers is not running properly. It ping all the IP addresses used in that particular server.

look@LAN is popular software which is used to look after the LAN. It auto detects network setting, manages network profiles, does automatic and manual network configuration.

You can also view network tree, graphs and statistics

Serveralive is software to check the end-to-end network monitor program. It also checks the available disk space on server, database engine and also ping host.

Sysinternals NTFSInfo : it is used to see detailed information about NTFS volumes, the size and location of the Master File Table (MFT) and MFT-zone.

Sysinternals PMon is an NT GUI/device driver program. It watches process and thread creation and deletion. It also watches context swaps if running on a multiprocessing or checked kernel.

Sysinternals PortMon monitors serial and parallel port activity. It knows about all standard serial and parallel IOCTLs and shows you a portion of the data being sent and received.

Sysinternals Process Explorer is used to find out what files, registry keys and other objects processes have open, which DLLs they have loaded.

Sysinternals PSTools Suite includes command-line utilities for listing and displaying the processes running on local or remote computers, running processes remotely, rebooting computers and dumping event logs.