Handy Windows tools for sniffing network traffic

Sniff Kit

Conclusion

The free tools SmartSniff and SniffPass are good enough for an initial analysis if you need quick information. Open Visual Traceroute provides an interesting additional option by helping you visualize the path of packets on the Internet. If you need something more sophisticated, you can use the free Microsoft Message Analyzer. Administrators who check the network at regular intervals should become familiar with all of these tools and choose the best option for the task at hand.

Buy this article as PDF

Express-Checkout as PDF
Price $2.95
(incl. VAT)

Buy ADMIN Magazine

SINGLE ISSUES
 
SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
TABLET & SMARTPHONE APPS
Get it on Google Play

US / Canada

Get it on Google Play

UK / Australia

Related content

  • Arp Cache Poisoning and Packet Sniffing

    Intruders rely on arp cache poisoning to conceal their presence on a local network. We'll show you some of the tools an attacker might use to poison the arp cache and gather information on your network.

  • Moving Data Between Virtual Machines
    Network information in virtualized computer landscapes is not easy to access. In this article, we look at a few approaches you can use.
  • Wireshark

    Troubleshoot network problems with this popular protocol analyzer.

  • Security analysis with Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics
    Classic security safeguards, like antivirus and firewall products, are imperative for system protection. To search proactively for network intruders, as well, Microsoft offers Advanced Threat Analytics – a tool that will help even less experienced admins.
  • Autoconfiguring IPv6 Clients

    Most clients on a network need both an address and some environmental information such as a name server or a web proxy. This article investigates whether a recent operating system on an IPv6-only LAN can handle this.

comments powered by Disqus