How to Measure FTP Transfer Speed

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How to Measure FTP Transfer Speed
Verify FTP client bandwidth allocations using Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor. (computer technology image by Raimundas from

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) provides a relatively high-speed transfer of files over TCP/IP networks such as the Internet. FTP is commonly used to provide download availability on the Internet and in most cases is constrained or "throttled" so each FTP client is allotted a portion of the bandwidth available to the FTP server so the FTP server is available to all clients. Run the Windows Server 2008 Reliability and Performance Monitor application to confirm that each FTP client connection utilises the expected amount of bandwidth.

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    Log in to the Windows Server 2008 computer with the username and password of a local administrator account on the computer. Click the "Start" button on the computer desktop, right-click "Computer" and then click "Manage." Click "Reliability and Performance" in the drop-down menu that appears.

  2. 2

    Scroll down the list of processes displayed at the bottom of the Reliability and Performance Monitor window. Click on the "FTP" process.

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    Click the "Start" button on the Windows client computer and click "Computer." Type "ftp://a.b.c.d" in the address box at the top of the "Computer" window, except replace the "a.b.c.d" with the IP address of the Windows Server 2008 FTP computer, and press the "Enter" key. Browse to a 1 gigabyte file on the FTP site, right-click on the file and click "Copy." Right-click on the Windows client computer desktop and click "Paste." The 1 gigabyte file will start transferring to the Windows client computer.

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    Go back to the Windows Server 2008 FTP server and view the performance counters displayed for the FTP process. The "Total" column and the graph will display the amount of bandwidth being utilised by the FTP session. Repeat these steps with multiple FTP clients connected and downloading a large file in order to verify bandwidth-utilisation measurements.

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