Microsoft releases Network Monitor 3.2
Microsoft has released version 3.2 of its Network Monitor network analysis aid. As the developer's blog describes, the software analyses network traffic, filters it by program name or process ID, and then displays it in a tree structure. The capture engine has been reworked for better performance and fewer dropped frames, making it suitable for use in high-speed networks.
According to Microsoft, this version sifts through network traffic in a targeted fashion to locate individual conversations -- that is, related frames, such as TCP streams and HTTP flows. The program can also open captured traffic in PCAP format and has parsers for more than 300 network protocols. Network Monitor 3.2 runs under Windows XP (32- and 64-bit) and above, as well as Windows Server 2008 (32- and 64-bit x86 plus Itanium).
The source code of the traffic capturing engines will be available "in upcoming months" on Microsoft's open source development site CodePlex.