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Choosing a Data Viewer

After you configure a Data Retrieval Session with the files that contain the data you are targeting to load into Message Analyzer, you can choose a viewer in which to display the session results data. Although you can choose any data viewer that exists in the Start With drop-down in the New Session dialog for a Data Retrieval Session, for example, data viewer assets that you import through the Message Analyzer sharing infrastructure, Message Analyzer provides the following four types of data viewers by default, for your use:

  • Analysis Grid — a tree grid type data viewer that has expandable parent and child message rows in tree-grid format that provides the core analysis surface for loaded or captured message data.

  • Protocol Dashboard — a configurable graphic visualizer type data viewer that provides high-level data summaries.

  • SMB Reads and Writes — a configurable grid, timeline, and graphic visualizer type viewer that provides a high-level view of SMB protocol file operation activities and statistics in an x-y coordinate display of message nodes across the time boundaries of a trace, along with adjustable time window slider controls.

  • Sequence Match — provides a unique interface of grouped message nodes that is the result of applying a predefined or custom sequence expression to a set of trace results, to isolate one or more messages that match a specified pattern for which the entire message set is searched.

Choosing a Viewer
You can start loading data into Message Analyzer through a Data Retrieval Session any time after you create a selected input file configuration in the files list on the Files tab of the New Session dialog; and Message Analyzer will use the default data viewer to display your data. The Analysis Grid is the factory default viewer, but you can change the default data viewer setting that will be used by Message Analyzer for all sessions by specifying a viewer in the Session Viewer section on the General tab of the global Options page that is accessible from the Message Analyzer File menu. You also have the option to override the default data viewer prior to starting a session, by explicitly specifying a different one that might have certain properties that are more useful for the data you are loading and/or the type of analysis you are planning to do. You can do this by clicking the Start With drop-down arrow in the New Session dialog and selecting the data viewer of choice. In addition, following the retrieval of data that displays in your initially selected viewer, you can present your data in any of the other available viewers by selecting them from a context menu that is accessible by right-clicking any session node in the Session Explorer Tool Window on the Message Analyzer Home tab. You can also access the same viewer asset Library by clicking the New Viewer button in the Session group on the Ribbon of the Message Analyzer Home tab. By selecting different data viewer configurations, you can achieve unique data analysis perspectives to assist in problem solving.

Note  If you make changes to a Data Retrieval Session from the Edit Session dialog, Message Analyzer will automatically repopulate your original session viewer with data that is updated in accordance with the changes made, after you click the Apply button in the dialog. However, the Edit Session dialog does not currently allow you to make data viewer changes. In addition, if the changes you want to make are beyond targeting input files, you will need to click the Full Edit button in the dialog to gain access to the configuration features. Otherwise, the Restricted Edit mode prevents such access.

More Information
To learn more about the previously described data viewers, along with the Tool Windows with which they interact, see the Viewing Message Data section of this documentation.

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