MessageAnalyzer

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MessageAnalyzer

  • Post Decryption of TLS/SSL traffic

    The Network Monitor Decryption expert was a very popular tool, so we decided to integrate it into Message Analyzer. To accompany this blog, I’ve also created this video. Today you can capture the traffic before it is encrypted using the Unencrypted HTTPS...
  • Message Analyzer Performance

    Today I would like to talk about both perceived performance and performance. In v1.1, we focused a lot on performance with Message Analyzer. In my daily use, I have found it to be much faster in the filtering and loading department in most situations...
  • Announcing the Message Analyzer 1.1 Release!

    We’ve been working hard and are proud to announce Message Analyzer 1.1. The list of new features are summarized below, but it’s impossible to list everything. So stay tuned for more details from the blog as we add more information to help...
  • Top Tips and Tricks with Message Analyzer

    I’ve collected a list of simple tips and tricks that I’d like to share with you. They provide simple techniques that you can apply to any problem. Search for Text Filtering is very powerful. In the centralized Filter Library, there are many examples that...
  • Needle in a Hayfield of Haystacks

    Your customer is down and your task is to understand why. You’ve been graciously supplied 8 gigs of traces, text logs, sniffs, captures, syslogs, configurations, ad nauseam. Even these have been curated from terabytes of available trace data. The names...
  • ISP (Irritates Some People) Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting an issue with your internet provider can try anyone’s patience. Though for me, it’s challenging because I know some of the steps they are scripted to use are not relevant. This article is a tale of how Message Analyzer cut a troubleshooting...
  • New Year with New Defrag Tools Videos

    I did some short episodes on Defrag Tools . Altogether, there will be 3 and I will update the blog (updated) with the third after it airs. These provide simple background information to help new Message Analyzer users. I hope you find them useful. http...
  • Message Analyzer Protocol Parsers

    by Ning Kuang and Cheng Chang As the successor to Network Monitor, Microsoft Message Analyzer (MMA) provides new parsing capabilities with superior enhancements. With the use of the new Open Protocol Notation (OPN) language upon which the parsers are...
  • Anatomy of Message Analyzer Analysis

    When learning a new program, it’s often helpful to have a high level view of the various pieces and parts. With Message Analyzer, if you know the names of its parts and pieces and how they work together, you can get a feeling of mastery. In the sections...
  • Using PowerShell to Automate Tracing

    While tracing with a UI is simple, it has limitations today. When it comes to tracing a sticky problem, you need extensibility and flexibility in order to instrument when to start and stop a trace. We facilitate this in Message Analyzer by leveraging...
  • Support for Microsoft Open Specifications Documentation

    One of the focuses of Message Analyzer is to support protocol interoperability and our Microsoft Open Specifications Documentation . And in fact we have a group at Microsoft who supports these efforts. A great resource in this respect is the Microsoft...
  • Remote Capture with Message Analyzer and Windows 8.1

    With the introduction of Windows 8.1, we have an amazing new feature which lets Message Analyzer capture messages remotely. This feature was introduced with Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2. From any client, down to Windows 7 (which requires a few components...
  • Customizing Message Analyzer Column Layouts

    by Mai-Ing Cheng This exciting feature allows you to choose the data columns that you want to display in the Analysis Grid viewer; a feature that was not available in Netmon. You can greatly enhance your data analysis perspectives by having access to...
  • Dealing with Too Much Data

    Networks are fast. Way fast! Sniffing for just a few seconds can generate a lot of data. And it’s not trending down at all. While we will continue to optimize things and make Message Analyzer work with larger data sets more effectively, the truth is that...
  • Message Analyzer: Why so different from Network Monitor?

    Message Analyzer is different, yes. When we set out on this adventure, we weren’t trying to make a new Network Monitor 4. It’s not that you can’t get a Network Monitor type of perspective, but we are trying to expose some new ideas to make the information...
  • Message Analyzer has Released – A New Beginning

    We are excited to announce the official release of Message Analyzer to the Microsoft Download Center . Sci-Fi movie references aside, this really is a new beginning for troubleshooting and analysis. Message Analyzer brings a set of new ideas, new techniques...
  • Sequence Match View: Identifying Interesting Network Patterns

    by Serge Mera Filtering is one of the most popular techniques for narrowing down data and understanding what’s going wrong with your traffic. It is very useful for multiple troubleshooting scenarios, however, filtering criteria is restricted in its application...
  • Viewpoints: OSI Model and APSTNDP

    The moment I understood that networking is layered, I had an epiphany about how everything on our computers is layered, including programs, which are fragmented into API layers, and state machines on top of network protocols. The combinations are sometimes...
  • Message Analyzer Beta3 Refresh has Been Released (Build 6215)

    We have refreshed the Beta3 with some feature updates, bugs fixes and performance improvements; please reference the original release blog for more details about Beta3. However, the main reason for the refresh was to address compatibility issues with...
  • Microsoft Message Analyzer Beta 3 is released (Build 6211)!

    We’ve hit out third and final Beta which will be followed up by the official release in the fall. Actually, there will be a Beta 3 refresh in a few weeks, but we’ll talk more about that another day. At this point, the product is feature frozen and we...
  • Message Analyzer Forum is Live

    We have created a public forum for discussing Message Analyzer related topics. Please go to the Microsoft Message Analyzer Forum to read more. Stay tuned for more information soon.
  • Network Capture is Dead!

    Long Live Capture! In this continuing series of differences between Message Analyzer and Network Monitor, we’ll explore the trace capture experience. I reference the iconic cliché because Message Analyzer (note not Network Analyzer) is about exploring...
  • Microsoft Message Analyzer Beta 2 is released (build 5950)!

    Install the Beta 2 version from here: https://connect.microsoft.com/site216 . You’ll need to be a member of our connection. This release adds a range of new functionality and resolves a number of bugs: · IntelliSense UI for filter creation...
  • Pivoting on Trace Data Using Grouping

    The single most versatile feature in Message Analyzer is “Grouping”. It’s basically a replacement for the conversation tree where the conversation tree is just one kind of grouping. Slicing of data has never been better. It’s like your Ginsu knife deal...
  • Filtering with Message Analyzer

    I want to point out some differences between Message Analyzer and Network Monitor in a short series of blogs. In this first one, let’s discuss filtering. There are some nice shortcuts that make it easier to type in filters and some differences from Network...