Saving Session Data
Message Analyzer enables you to save message data that is imported from any Browse Session or captured in any Trace Session. If you start a new Browse Session and import data from one or more saved message files; and you have displayed, manipulated, and analyzed the historical data; you can save the modified data set in the Message Analyzer native parsed (.matp) file or .cap file formats only. The capture file (.cap) format is for other applications, such as Microsoft Network Monitor. If you open a supported message file (see Locating Data) of non-native format, for example from Quick Open, and you manipulate the data, you can save the resulting data set only in one of the indicated file formats. Also, if you import data from a saved file in parsed .matp format or any other supported format, and you need to resave it after manipulating the data, you can only save it again in the same .matp format, or you can export it as a .cap file. If you start a new Trace Session, you can save the session data that you capture in either of the indicated file formats. You also have the option to save all messages, a message set that resulted from applying one or more filters or other operations, or a selected set of messages from Browse Session or Trace Session results.
For example, the session results that you save might be one of the following:
Multiple log files imported from a Browse Session that you consolidated and processed for analysis purposes.
Analyzed data from a Browse or Trace Session, where you manipulated the data results, for example, by applying a View Filter or Viewpoint.
Imported trace data to which you applied a Selection Filter or Time Filter, to narrow down the focus to a specific set of messages or a window of time, respectively.
Live trace data to which you applied a Trace Filter or Fast Filter, to reduce trace results to a focused set of messages with specific properties.
Data captured in scenarios that used ETW system providers, keyword and level filters, adapter filters, or other special filtering and modifiers.
After importing, capturing, manipulating, and analyzing data, you can save your results set to a single native file only for which you specify a new name, or you can overwrite the original file with the modified results set. The save process aggregates all message data in the selected session (or a filtered subset of the data) into this single file no matter how many files you originally included in the import configuration. Moreover, if you attempt to reimport data from this newly saved file, Message Analyzer will display the name of the new file in the Import files list and retrieve all the aggregated data contained in that file after you start the Browse Session.
Message Analyzer also enables you to save session results after manipulating data for either of the following:
Any file that you open from the Recent File list on the Start Page.
Any logs or files that you import through the Quick Open feature.
Message Analyzer enables you to save data for one session at a time only. Even if you have multiple viewer tabs open for a particular session, only one data set will be saved for that session. If you save the session data and then reimport it through a Browse Session, it will display in the Analysis Grid viewer by default, even if you had a viewer tab open for the session other than the Analysis Grid viewer. If you want to save data from more than one session displayed on the Message Analyzer Home tab, you will need to select appropriate session tabs and save the data for each session separately.
For an example of how to save message data, see the procedure in the Import and Save a Message Collection topic.