Data Viewers


Updated: September 14, 2016

In any Analysis Session, Message Analyzer enables you to use data viewers to present message data in various formats to create unique analysis perspectives. You can choose data viewers during session configuration in the New Session dialog prior to starting a session, or afterwards in an Analysis Session where you have displayed session results. Some of these are default viewers, while others are preview feature viewers that you can enable, try out, and provide feedback to Microsoft to initiate possible improvements. Several viewers can utilize numerous Layouts that change the default view of data and provide advantages such as the following:

  • Display different message field data to target a specific analysis environment.

  • Change the presentation format to summarize important data at a high-level and provide immediate insights into possible issues.

  • Drive important information to top-level for easy viewing or create a window into hidden but significant data that otherwise might be difficult or laborious to achieve through manual methods in a large data set, if even possible at all.

  • Perform calculations that expose interesting statistics, extract key information, or enhance the analysis process by utilizing custom global property and annotation values.

The data viewers, the Layouts that apply to specific data viewers, and the graphic visualizer Layouts for the Chart viewer are all described in this section, along with related functional descriptions, how to launch these data viewers, how to display different viewer Layouts in those viewers that employ them, and how to use these components to solve diagnostic problems.

The table that follows describes the default data viewers and the preview feature viewers that Message Analyzer provides and also identifies the viewers that employ Layouts along with the asset collection Libraries in which they exist.

Table 9. Message Analyzer Data Viewers and Layouts

Viewer Name



Viewer Type*

Asset Collection

Analysis Grid

The primary analysis surface that consists of a default tree grid display containing a default column layout with expandable parent and child message nodes that expose top-level transactions/Operations and message origins, respectively, along with message details, in a tree-view structure.

Yes — Layouts drop-down list above Filter text box.


Message Analyzer View Layouts


Enables you to organize your traffic into summary hierarchies based on Grouping viewer Layouts that contain predefined message field groups. These groups exist in nested configurations that create focus on specific data by extracting it from a set of trace results and exposing it at different levels in the group hierarchy.

Enables you to drill down into important data while at the same time interactively correlate the group data with the Analysis Grid viewer display through group selection.

Yes — Layouts drop-down list on the Grouping viewer toolbar.


Message Analyzer Grouping View Layouts

Pattern Match

Enables you to detect message behaviors, patterns, or repeating value sequences within a message collection, based on execution of a predefined or custom-designed OPN Pattern expression. Also provides a summary analysis of Matches, Matched Instances details, and the correlated Messages.



Message Analyzer Sequence Expressions


Consists of a graphic visualizer presentation that provides a quick view of message dispersion across a trace timeline that is presented as color-coded protocol module identifiers, with source/destination address message pairs in the y-axis orientation and timestamps in the x-axis orientation.





Defines a generic category of data viewer that uses different built-in Layouts that each present data with a single visualizer component such as a grid, bar element, pie-chart, or timeline component with chart formulas applied to create a targeted analysis context. Layouts typically consist of top-level message summaries that provide a high-level overview of the data in a set of trace results.

Yes — Layouts drop-down enabled in the Session menu, only while a Chart is displayed. Also accessible from the New Viewer drop-down list.


Message Analyzer Chart View Layouts


A swim lane diagram along with several other viewing formats that provide different graphic presentations of the computer nodes and endpoints that exchanged messages within the time boundaries of a trace.

Also correlates the IP conversations that took place for the protocols or modules that participated in message exchanges and provides message summary details in hover-over pop-ups.




Message Summary Tiles

Provides a high-level overview of major trace statistics and important values for quick top-level analysis of results.




Message Summary Lists

Provides a high-level overview of major trace statistics and key data points for quick top-level analysis of results.





Enables you to view data from Microsoft Performance Monitor logs in the *.blg file format. You can view this data in Message Analyzer similarly to the way it appears in Performance Monitor while taking advantage of Message Analyzer's data selection, organization, and analysis capabilities.




Charts (Deprecated)

Contains the old Charts that existed prior to Message Analyzer v1.4. For example, you can still display the Protocol Dashboard viewer and others in their original configuration of visualizer components.



Message Analyzer Charts

*A Default viewer is coded into the Message Analyzer UI and cannot be disabled the way a preview feature can be disabled or enabled.


To use any preview feature, you must enable it on the Features tab of the Options dialog, which is accessible from the global Message Analyzer Tools menu. To enable a feature, place a check mark in the check box next to the feature name and then restart Message Analyzer. To disable a feature, remove the check mark so that it will no longer be accessible after the next Message Analyzer restart, that is, until you re-enable it once again.


You can specify any data viewer as the default for all sessions by choosing one in the Default Profile pane on the Profiles tab of the Options dialog, which is accessible from the global Message Analyzer Tools menu.

The Chart viewer Layouts Library exists in the Message Analyzer Chart View Layout asset collection and is accessible from the Chart drop-down list that displays in the New Viewer drop-down list; this list is accessible from the locations specified in Session Data Viewer Options. Each Chart viewer Layout that exists in the specified Library contains a single data visualizer component that typically provides a top-level data summary that you can view for a quick high-level assessment of data. The data visualizers consist of grid, bar element, pie-chart, and timeline components and can display most types of data that you need to present. The Layouts exist in the following categories, which are accessible from the Manage Chart Layout dialog only while a Chart viewer is displayed. You can locate this dialog from the global Message Analyzer Session menu by highlighting Chart, Layout, and then clicking the Manage item in the Manage Layouts drop-down list.

  • HTTP

  • General

  • Network

  • Netlogon

  • Common

  • File Sharing

The Chart viewer Layouts that exist in these categories are described in the Chart Viewer Layouts topic. Note that you can also create your own Layouts to contain a data visualizer that you choose and data formulas that you configure, and you can create your own categories in which to place them under the default My Items top-level category in the Layouts Library.


More Information
To learn more about how to create Chart viewer Layouts, see Extending Message Analyzer Data Viewing Capabilities.
To learn more about Message Analyzer assets, see Managing Message Analyzer Assets.

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