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Download Speed Monitor

This template tests the available bandwidth between the SAM server and another node on the network.

Prerequisites

A character generator service running on target server.

Credentials

None.

Installing the Microsoft Windows Character Generator Service

The Character Generator service is part of the Microsoft Windows Simple TCP/IP Services component.

To install the Simple TCP/IP Services component on Windows 2003 computers:

  1. Log in to target server with an administrator-level account.
  2. Open Add or Remove Programs in the Control Panel.
  3. Click Add/Remove Windows Components.
  4. Click Networking Services.
  5. Click Details.
  6. Select Simple TCP/IP Services.
  7. Click Ok, Next, and then click Finish to complete the wizard.

To install the Simple TCP/IP Services component on Windows 2008 (including R2) computers:

  1. Log in to target server with an administrator-level account.
  2. Open Server Manager by clicking Start > Server Manager.
  3. In the left panel of the Server Manager, click Features.
  4. In the right panel of the Server Manager, click Add Features.
  5. In the Add Features Wizard, check the box for Simple TCP/IP Services.
  6. Click Next, and then click Install.
  7. When installation is finished, click Close.
  8. The Simple TCP/IP Services will be started when the system is rebooted.
  9. If you want to start the services immediately, click Start > Administrative Tools > Services.
  10. Right-click Simple TCP/IP Services, and then select Start from the context menu.

Enabling the Unix/Linux Character Generator Service

The character generator service chargen is built into the standard Unix/Linux inetd daemon. If the service is not enabled, add the following lines to the /etc/inetd.conf configuration file, and then restart inetd.

chargen stream tcp nowait root internal chargen dgram udp wait root internal

Monitored Components

For details on monitors, see SAM Component Monitor Types.

Download Speed Monitor

This component monitor measures the time it takes to download data from the target node, and reports the speed in KB/s (1024 bytes per second). The target node must be running a Character Generator service. For details, see Download Speed Monitor.