Troubleshooting with Network Monitor 3.1 OneClick

Today we are going to discuss a tool that can help you capture a network trace with very little effort.  In my next post, I’ll show you how to take that network trace and perform a quick analysis on it that doesn’t require you to be a network expert and apply some simple fixes that […]

Today we are going to discuss a tool that can help you capture a network trace with very little effort.  In my next post, I’ll show you how to take that network trace and perform a quick analysis on it that doesn’t require you to be a network expert and apply some simple fixes that have resolved many of the issues that we have seen.  So, let’s get started …

The tool we are going to use is Network Monitor 3.1 OneClick.  This is a free tool available from the Microsoft Download Center.  There are two OneClick packages available – Autorun and ExtractOnly.  The Autorun package installs Network Monitor 3.1 on your machine if you did not previously have it installed and begin a network capture.  The capture is designed to stop automatically when it reaches 30MB in size, or after 120 minutes – whichever comes first.  After the capture completes, if you did not have Network Monitor 3.1 already installed on your machine, then Network Monitor 3.1 is automatically uninstalled.  The ExtractOnly packages is used if you want to save the OneClick utility on a USB key or other portable media and run the tool later on a different machine.  Let’s take a look at how the Autorun package runs on a Windows Server 2008 machine.

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