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Capture network frames

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To capture network frames

  1. Open Network Monitor.

  2. If prompted, select the local network from which you want to capture data by default.

  3. On the Capture menu, click Buffer Settings, and then set the buffer and frame size as appropriate.

  4. On the Capture menu, click Start.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure.

  • To start Network Monitor, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and double-click Network Monitor.

  • If you add a network interface, you must restart Network Monitor before you can capture data on that interface.

  • To pause, stop, or display the data capture, on the Capture menu, click Pause, Stop, or Display Captured Data. You can also stop and display the capture by clicking Stop and View.

  • Network Monitor displays session statistics of the first 100 unique network sessions that it detects. To reset statistics and view information about the next 100 detected network sessions, click the Capture menu, and then click Clear Statistics.

  • If you want to capture data from multiple local networks at the same time, install an adapter and start an instance of Network Monitor for each network. In each instance, specify the network from which you want to capture data by, on the Capture menu, clicking Networks and selecting a network.

  • If prompted for additional files, insert the installation CD for your operating system, or type a path to the location of the files on the network.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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