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Network Monitor Best practices

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

Best practices

  • Running Network Monitor during low-usage times

    Run Network Monitor at low-usage times or for short periods of time. This decreases the effect that Network Monitor might have on the performance of your computer.

  • Capturing minimum amount of network statistics

    Use capture filters and capture only as many statistics as you need for evaluation. This prevents you from capturing too much information to make a reasonably quick diagnosis of the problem.

  • Viewing Network Monitor captures

    Use display filters when viewing captured frames to omit extraneous captured frames.

  • Capturing frames on token ring networks

    Token ring adapters reject frames larger than a size specified in their configuration settings. If you capture frames on token ring networks, set your network adapter to accept the largest possible token-ring frame size, which is 17 KB. For more information, see the documentation for your network adapter.

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