File server SMB statistics

Analyzing bandwidth bottlenecks in the ‘SMB server’ section of the Allegro Network Multimeter

Suppose you’ve been asked to submit a report about what bandwidth the file server uses and which users had the highest traffic at a certain time of the day. The necessary information can be obtained quickly and easily using the Allegro Network Multimeter. The device provides a quick overview of all the SMB servers used, their users and the protocols used, as well as detailed statistics for each SMB server.

Open the web interface of the installed multimeter in your browser. First of all, the dashboard is displayed. To find the file server(s) in the network, select the item ‘Application à (SMB statistics)’ in the main menu.

You can navigate to the ‘SMB server’ tab from the overview that opens up summarizing information on the SMB statistics. All SMB servers detected in the network are listed here.

Click the IP address of the SMB server for which you require detailed information. The IP statistics are now displayed with the address name and the traffic. If you’re interested in finding out which protocols are currently in use, they can be seen in the ‘Protocols’ tab (see screenshot). The ‘Peers’ tab lists all users who accessed this SMB file server.

Your advantages at a glance:

  • SMB server statistic
  • Analysis of bandwidth constraints
  • Data correlation in real time and retroactive
  • Intuitive and fast application
  • Debugging of network malfunctions

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Detecting and debugging conspicuous accesses using the SMB statistics

If you want to analyze a certain period because network errors occurred at this time, select the required time interval in a graph by moving the mouse. This and all the other statistics pages will now refer to this period. In the dashboard under ‘Top IPs’, you can see that the highest traffic was caused by access to the file server. If you want to narrow down the problem (for example to ascertain whether the bulk of the traffic came from a certain user), click on the IP address of the file server and then the ‘Peers’ tab. You can see here which user connections to the SMB server used the highest bandwidth.

If you’re more interested in a higher-level pattern, you can choose a wider interval as required. Typically, the SMB server should have the most accesses at typical working times. If in such a period the traffic suddenly drops sharply or occurs at unusual times, this may indicate problems.

No matter the timeframe or whether it’s your own or an external network, malfunctions and bottlenecks on SMB servers can be easily detected and resolved with the Allegro Network Multimeter.

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