MessageAnalyzer

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MessageAnalyzer

  • Looking for Customers to Talk About Diagnosis

    The Microsoft Windows Server Team is looking for customers to talk to about Diagnosis and Problem analysis in general.  We want to have a short 30 minute call to ask some questions. This will be just a couple of our Program Managers and you (not...
  • Finding Useful Things to Filter On

    Most often, the Details and Field Chooser Tool Windows are used to locate fields and values, for example, to expand the Analysis Grid column layout configuration. Although the Field Chooser provides a complete if not an overwhelming list of fields, properties...
  • Process Tracking with Message Analyzer

    Process Tracking is a way of associating trace data with a process. This is a very powerful correlation that helps you to understand and isolate issues. For Network Monitor, we had to cleverly capture this information by polling the system. Moving forward...
  • Message Analyzer 1.3 has Released (Build 7540)

    This release of Message Analyzer 1.3 reveals a new streamlined user experience focusing on simplifying some common tasks. We reviewed all your feedback as well as interviewed users, which has to be a tremendous help. As always, we continue to listen and...
  • Removing the Ribbon for Message Analyzer

    We are currently making a major change in the UI for Message Analyzer, based on your direct feedback and usability studies. The ribbon menu UI, similar to Office, presented new features and commands to users in a visual way and helped make them more discoverable...
  • Protocols Plugfest 2015 in Europe

    Our friends from the Microsoft Interop team have posted an announcement about a Protocols Plugfest from May 12th-14th.  Please read their blog for more information .
  • Message Analyzer Filtering Kung Fu

    Filtering is a key skill in Message Analyzer and the corner stone of removing noise and finding the data you want to work with. In Message Analyzer, you can apply filtering to any view, making it universal. For example, in the table below, you can certainly...
  • Parsing Text Logs with Message Analyzer

    One of Message Analyzer’s strengths is the ability to import multiple traces and text logs at the same time. This enables you to correlate message data by time and other factors, such as process ID or virtually anything you can think of with the...
  • Using Message Analyzer to troubleshoot Azure Storage

    Checkout Perry Skountrianos’s blog about Troubleshooting Microsoft Azure Storage with Message Analyzer .
  • Grouping Viewer – AKA ‘Conversation Tree’ – In Message Analyzer 1.2

    The Network Monitor Conversation Tree serves several different purposes, as follows: It enables you to select any message and find related messages based on the network and transport layer. For example, you can select a random TCP message in a trace...
  • Message Analyzer Glossary

    With the release of Message Analyzer 1.2 , I thought it’s a good time to discuss the vocabulary. I’ve written before about the Anatomy of Message Analyzer Analysis . Its goal was to present how different pieces of the UI fit together. This glossary is...
  • Announcing Message Analyzer 1.2

    Introducing the next version of Message Analyzer which includes highly requested features like “Goto (Ctrl+G)” and “Find Conversation/Follow the Stream” along with the “Conversation Tree” from Network Monitor. Plus there’s a ton of smaller fixes and performance...
  • It’s About Time…the Property

    Little by little we are improving the experience with time and your data. One new small tip is that you can now configure the time column to remove the date which makes it shorter. Just right click the column header and select “Show Time Only”. Afterwards...
  • Message Analyzer TechNet Wiki

    by Greg Gille If you have problems, concerns, questions, or suggestions about the Microsoft Message Analyzer Operating Guide documentation on TechNet, you can now receive direct feedback from Microsoft on your issue. To do so, you can use the Message...
  • Office and SharePoint Plug-fest Video

    Microsoft does a reoccurring plug-fest with our partners and recently I came across this video , which discusses how to setup and use the Office parsers. It also has examples of how to capture and decode the traffic for some simple cases, and I think...
  • 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...