Basic network capture methods: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askpfeplat/2016/12/27/basic-network-capture-methods/

  1. Network Monitor 3.4 (Netmon) – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=4865 (NOTE: Network Monitor is no longer under active development)
  2. Wireshark (v 2.2.2 as of 11/16/16) – https://wireshark.org/#download
  3. Netsh Trace – built-in to operating system
  4. Microsoft Message Analyzer (MMA) (v 1.4 as of 6/13/16) – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=44226

Message analyzer operating guide: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj649776.aspx

How to message analyzer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0v0RsQVdT8

As you might guess from the name, Message Analyzer is much more than a network sniffer or packet tracing tool.  Key capabilities include:

  • Integrated “live” event and message capture at various system levels and endpoints (client and server remotely !)
  • Remote capture (capture multiple point concurrently)
  • Parsing and validation of protocol messages and sequences
  • Automatic parsing of event messages described by ETW manifests
  • Summarized grid display – top level is  “operations”, (requests matched with responses)
  • User controlled “on the fly” grouping by message attributes
  • Ability to browse for logs of different types (.cap, .etl, .txt) and import them together
  • Automatic re-assembly and ability to render payloads
  • Ability to import text logs, parsing them into key element/value pairs
  • Support for “Trace Scenarios” (one or more message providers, filters, and views)

Other articles:

Use message analyzer to convert a .etl to .cap: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/benjaminperkins/2018/03/09/analyze-netsh-traces-with-wireshark-or-network-monitor/

 

Capture a network trace using netsh:

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/benjaminperkins/2018/03/09/capture-a-netsh-network-trace/

 

  1. To learn more about your nmcap options, enter “nmcap /?” or “nmcap /examples”
  2. Wireshark training can be found at https://www.wireshark.org/#learnWS.
  3. For more information on Message Analyzer, check out the blog at https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/messageanalyzer/.
  4. Message Analyzer training videos can be found at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLszrKxVJQz5Uwi90w9j4sQorZosTYgDO4.
  5. Message Analyzer Operating Guide – https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj649776.aspx
  6. Information on the Message Analyzer PowerShell module can be found at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn456518(v=wps.630).aspx.
  7. Remote captures with MMA – https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/messageanalyzer/2013/10/17/remote-capture-with-message-analyzer-and-windows-8-1/