Microsoft Message Analyzer, the successor to Microsoft Network Monitor 3.4, is a new networking tool for capturing, displaying and analyzing network traffic, events for network troubleshooting and diagnostic. It also allows you to load, aggregate, and analyze data from the log and saved trace files.
With Message Analyzer, you can choose to capture local and remote traffic live or load archived message collections from multiple data sources simultaneously. There are three pre-defined scenarios ready in the program to use, Local Network, Loopback and Unencrypted IPSEC, and Pre-Encryption for HTTPS which requires a 3rd party library called FiddlerCore to be installed separately.
To start a local trace, launch Microsoft Message Analyzer as an Administrator, and click Start Local Trace button. The program opens a tab for your new session, starts capturing and displaying details in a grid. Toolbar buttons allow pausing, stopping or restarting captures with a click.
During the trace, any network related activities you do will be logged in the program. You will be able to see the source, destination addresses, traffic types, and a lot more inside the program.
When you are happy with the result, stop the trace with the option to save the result in one of the two formats.
Message Analyzer enables you to display trace, log, and other message data in numerous data viewer formats, including a default tree-grid view, interactive tool windows, and other selectable graphical view layouts that employ grids, bar element, timeline, and other visualizer components that provide high-level data summaries and other prominent statistics. Message Analyzer also enables you to configure your own custom layouts for Chart viewers.
Microsoft Message Analyzer is an expert-oriented networking tool is not only a useful tool for troubleshooting network issues but for testing and verifying protocol implementations as well. It’s a vast application with tons of features that requires quite a computer power to operate. It’s a tool definitely not made for everyone, but if you are dealing with Windows and Networking on a daily basis, it’s a tool worth spending time on learning and exploring.