How to open the Network drilldown for a Windows Server connection

  1. Direct your web browser to http://www.spotlightcloud.io. Sign in an click the Monitoring tab. See also Welcome to Spotlight Cloud Monitoring.
  2. Select a Windows Server connection. Select the Network drilldown.

Open the Network drilldown for a Windows Server connection

Network

Networking Users

Shows the number of clients connected to this server.

This does not show users connected to other applications that may be running on this server (for example, Microsoft Exchange or SQL Server). It shows only the users that have established a Microsoft Networking connection to the system.

Open Sessions

Shows the current number of Windows Networking sessions open on this server.

A session is defined as a user connection to a Windows Networking resource; for example, a connection to the ADMIN$ and C$ shares on a server by a single user is counted as two sessions.

Time Series Charts

Total Kilobytes In/Out Chart

Shows the level of traffic being received and sent by the Windows server in kilobytes.

Total Packets In/Out chart

Shows the incoming and outgoing packet rates as an aggregate across all network cards for the Windows server.

Packets chart

Shows the total number of packets (incoming and outgoing) broken down by network card.

Errors and Retries

Shows the number of errors and retries on the network subsystem. A consistent number of retries or errors usually means one of the following:

  • A network segment attached to the Windows server is over-utilized
  • There are problems with a network card, cabling or other networking device on a network segment

TCP Segment chart

Shows different graphs representing the rate at which TCP segments are transmitted or received in the Windows server. When TCP transfers a stream data, it breaks up the stream into small segments

UDP Datagrams chart

Shows different graphs representing the rate at which UDP datagrams are transmitted or received in the Windows server. UDP (User Datagram Protocol) is an alternative communications protocol to the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). Unlike TCP, UDP does not provide a sequencing service, so when UDP datagrams (packets) arrive at a destination, they are reassembled into a complete message via an end-point application that is active on the port(s) specified in the datagram.

IP Fragments chart

Shows the rates at which the fragmented packets are received and rebuilt. When data packets are transmitted across a network via TCP/IP, they may be further fragmented en route, and need to be reassembled.

IP Data Fragments chart

Shows the rates at which IP packets are sent, received, and routed to other destinations. IP datagrams (packets) are the message units that are transmitted across a network (and across the Internet) via the Internet Protocol.

NBT

Shows the machines that have a connection to the Windows server, and the corresponding level of traffic (in kilobytes) being generated between the connections.

This is only for NBT (NetBios over TCP/IP) connections – that is, only Microsoft Networking connection over TCPIP.

Sessions

Shows active connections made to the Windows Server by users on other systems.

Remote Desktop sessions are not shown.

Computer

The name of the remote machine connected to the current system.

User

The user currently logged in to the remote machine.

Elapsed Time

How long the connection has been maintained.

Idle Time

The part of Elapsed time when the connection has been inactive.

Open Files

The number of files, devices and pipes opened by the remote user.

Shares

Shows the resources on the Windows Server that can be shared with users on other systems.

Share

The name of the shared resource.

Local Path

The location of the shared resource if it is on the local machine.

Comment

A short, meaningful description of the resource.

Type

The type of device that provides the shared resource (for example, disk or printer).

Max Users

The maximum number of users who can simultaneously share the resource.