Packet sniffing: the golden tools

Packet sniffing (aka packet analyzing) can prove a very useful method in providing administrators detailed information on the communication among various servers in a hosted environment. The following tools are indispensable when it comes to packet sniffing:

  1. Microsoft Network Monitor available at . Wireshark is also a great alternative. However Microsoft Network Monitor is usually preferred in some production environments due to its considerably smaller footprint.
  2. Microsoft Message Analyzer available at
  3. Microsoft PortQry UI version, available at
  4. Netstat CLI command. Check netstat /? for details.
  5. Telnet for pinging listening TCP/UDP ports.
  6. Wireshark is available at:
  7. Tcpdump is available at:
  8. Tcpview is available at:

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