I often receive calls from system administrators who want to set up a user bandwidth monitor. The admins aren’t always clear about what they mean by that, but by using NetFlow and IPFIX data it’s possible to create a variety of reports that could satisfy management’s demands for easily accessible insight into user activity. It’s simple enough to generate reports that show total bandwidth usage for the network’s devices. But we can also create reports that are fine tuned to monitor the bandwidth usage of discrete groups of users or of particular website URLs, so that management can keep abreast of what employees are doing and whether that use complies with enterprise network usage policy. I’m going to setup a couple of reports, then save them as gadgets on a dashboard so that managers will have quick and easy access to timely information about user activity.
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