SolarWinds Free Real-time NetFlow Analyzer

Monitor Your Network with a Real-time NetFlow Analyzer

Josh Stephens of SolarWinds will give you an overview of this packet sniffer freeware. There is also a second video to explain the basics of Configuring NetFlow on Cisco Routers.

Solarwinds Real-time Netflow Analyzer Video

Solarwinds Netflow Freeware

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The Benefits of Analyzing Netflow TrafficNetwork traffic analyzer freeware

Many administrators find network monitoring difficult.  This is because it’s hard to get started with collecting network traffic.  Even when the sniffer captures network conversations, it’s challenging to analyze the raw data in a meaningful way.  Fortunately, SolarWinds Netflow Analyzer will persuade you to take the plunge and learn a valuable computer skill.

Disaster Strikes
If a disaster strikes you want to indentify the root cause as quickly as possible.  You need to know if a server is down, or where resources are exhausted.  By using the Real-time NetFlow Traffic Analyzer you can make certain your important network applications have priority over users who maybe downloading videos.

Just Browsing
When you are just surfing with the NetFlow GUI you might contemplate which are the main outbound routes? Where is the inbound traffic going?  Are there any servers which are idle? Which network protocols are they using?

Configuring NetFlow on Cisco Routers

If you want to try for yourself here is a free download for SolarWinds Real-time NetFlow Analyzer.

Solar Real-Time NetFlow Analyzer

This freeware captures and analyzes NetFlow, JFlow, and sflow data in real-time.  As a result you can see what types of traffic are on your network; furthermore you can find out where that traffic is coming from.

Note that SolarWinds’ NetFlow Analyzer displays both inbound and outbound traffic Another benefit is that you can view the historical flow data broken out by application, conversation, domain, endpoint, and protocol.  Consequently, you know how your bandwidth is being consumed.

SolarWinds Free Utility

This’ Real-time NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is freeware.  SolarWinds supply such a fine free tool because they produce a big brother (Orion NetFlow Traffic Analyzer).  This paid-for utility monitors multiple routers and records data not for just 1 hr, but stores historical data for weeks.  SolarWinds live up to their catchphrase ‘built by network engineers, for network engineers’.

Because SolarWinds produce so many NetFlow tools, I have a hard job keeping up with the all their names, the key to remembering the name of this free traffic analyzer is the word ‘Real-time’.  All its bigger brothers all have the word ‘Orion’ in their NetFlow name.

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Summary of Solarwinds Netflow Analyzer Video

Take a minute to see Josh Stephens short video showing how to get started with this freeware analyzer.

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Additional Free and Trial Network Software

Here are my reviews of tried and tested applications to monitor your network.  Most of these utilities are free, while the others are the full program, but time restricted.  SolarWinds are a great source of free specialist tools.  A constant theme is a free gadget for testing, backed-up with a comprehensive suite for programs for larger organizations.  I like the way that big companies subsidise their smaller brethren… until they become large companies!

Network Traffic Analyzer Freeware  • Free Log Viewer  • Review of Log & Event Management

SolarWinds NPM Review  • Network Device Manager Review  • SolarWinds Product Review

Free Network Config Generator  • Review of WOL Gadget  • Review of Web Transaction Watcher